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my monocyte percent is at 11.7% when the norm is between2.0-11.0

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my monocyte percent is at 11.7% when the norm is between2.0-11.0 what is this and what could lead to 1am 42 years old how often get in checked never had elevated before mike denver
Submitted: 5 years ago via HealthBoards.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 5 years ago.
Hello Mike,

Do you have an absolute monocyte number?
Was the rest of the complete blood count normal?

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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
yes i have monocyte number it is 11.7 and all others were in the normal range
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 5 years ago.
If the absolute monocyte count (not the monocyte percentage of 11.7) is normal, then there is nothing of concern on the lab report.
The monocyte percent is just slightly above normal.

An elevation in the monocytes can be seen with certain types of infection, including viral infections such as mumps and hepatitis, bacterial infections such as TB. They are also elevated in autoimmune diseases such as Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Leukemia, lymphoma, polycythemia (a red blood cell disorder) also causes elevated monocytes--these would also cause other abnormalities of the blood count.

I would not worry about this mild abnormality if the absolute count is normal, especially in the setting of an otherwise normal complete blood count.

If you do not have an absolute monocyte count, I would simply repeat it in about 3 months.

Please feel free to ask any follow up questions you may have,

Dr Abby

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