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A 6-year-old boy has recurrent cough and sore throat. The pediatrician

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A 6-year-old boy has recurrent cough and sore throat. The pediatrician notices some bruises on the arms and legs. The doctor orders blood tests, and gives the boy some antibiotics. The blood tests reveal an increased lymphocyte count. Whats the diagnoses?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 years ago.
HiCustomer Thank you for asking your question on JustAnswer. The other Experts and I are working on your answer. By the way, it would help us to know:

-Could you explain your situation a little more?
-any weight loss in kid?
-does the boy feel week and tired?
-any history of recurrent fever?
-any swollen glands or lymph nodes in your child you noticed?

Thank you again for trusting us with your problem. Please reply as soon as possible so that we can finish answering your question.

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
No the boy doesn't have any other symptoms except for the sore throat, cough and bruising. He gets tired easily but nothing unusual.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 years ago.

Sorry for delay.

You asked"Whats the diagnoses? "

There are multiple possibilities which could have possibly caused this:-

As you mentioned that the boy does not have any symptoms besides sore throat,cough and bruising ,it looks most like that he got a viral infection in which a lymphocytes are increased and sometimes viral infection leads to decrease in platelet count so that may lead to bruising.

Sometimes even children with viral infection may also present with idiopathic thrombocytopenia so that leads to bruising and similar symptoms like your son.

Now other possibility could have been a leukemia which may also present with increased lymphocytes ,sore throat and bruising but it also presents mostly with weight loss,night sweats,swelling of lymph glands and lymph nodes which you denied so i am assuming thats not the case here,but always better to rule it out by just asking your physician to look at peripheral blood smear of your child for any abnormal looking lymphocytes.


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