was recently told that i may have leukemia by a Dr, due 2 blood tsts that show whIte blood count at 35,000?
i understand a normal count is about 10,000 and when it jumps to about 16,000 you probably have an infection or a bad virus. thanks in advance for any answers or wisdom on this.
I'm not sure I understand exactly what your question is, are you asking if it would be an infection causing your high white blood count?
Leukemia will cause a very high white blood cell count but the white blood cells are usually dysfunctional, meaning they are not adequately fighting off infections. So a person with leukemia is likely to get alot of infections and have a much harder time recovering from those infections than someone without leukemia. An infection will cause a higher than normal white blood count but the white blood cells are functional (and usually not as high as is the case with leukemia) and are working to fight off the infection.
I'm not sure if that answered your question at all. Good luck finding out what's going on.
- Lab Guy
One doesn't usually go simply on the total white count and some reactive causes and go as high 50,000 and are termed leukemoid reactions.
With some leukemia's one can tell simply by looking at the cells under the microscope while others need more tests that are not based on morphology. I have seen a CLL case with 14000 white count and an acute leukemia with a 5000 white count. It is more than just the white count. All require followup confirmatory testing. You don't' give the cell type that is elevated or any of the other CBC results and differential.
You don't mention your age, or any clinical history, splenomegaly, lymphadenopathy etc and so it's hard to give any more detail.
white blood cells are like bodys army, when those are high means the body is at war, which usually means there is a deadly disease.
doesnt mean its the end there are treatments that can help.
this is a great book for anyone with a deadly disease.
A high white count is indicative of an infection. At 35,000 your white count is significantly above the normal range. However, it could be caused by a wide variety of causes, so I do not know why your doctor suggested it was leukemia. Further tests are in order to determine whatever the cause is.
What next steps is your doctor taking? Obviously, you need to get a definitive diagnosis. Many people seek a second opinion if they are unsure of their doctor's conclusions.
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