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Ne is neutraphils. These are a type of white cell commonly increased in infection, although they can rise in other cases too. A value of 9.7 would suggest that there is infection or inflammation somewhere in the body.
How is the rest of your health?
Have you had any other investigations?
Thanks for accepting. The RA is the most likely cause although long term steroid use will also raise neutrophil count, and in that case it just needs to be monitored for any trends.
As there is no UTI, then you may wish to request a chest x ray to exclude possible chest infection as a cause of the low grade fever and raised white cells.