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I want someone to go over my lab results with me. I have a

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I want someone to go over my lab results with me. I have a low white blood cell count, 3.3.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 4 months ago.

Hello,

I'm Dr Chaithanya attending you

Please let me know your symptoms and other lab results which were done

Thanks.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No symptoms. Routine blood work. But they were low last December also. But only 3.7. The differential is normal I think. How do I attach the results. I can't figure out how to do it. I have them electronically including in Adobe Acrobat. I can email them but I don't know how to attach them to this conversation
Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 4 months ago.

I got them. I will check and get back

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I don't think I sent them all
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I don't think I sent them all. Did you get these. It was routine bloodwork, a few months after normal physical. Monitoring my Hba1c closely. I am 51 and weigh 110 pounds and exercise vigorously almost daily but have prediabetes. Ongoing issue.
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I don't think I sent them all. Did you get these. It was routine bloodwork, a few months after normal physical. Monitoring my Hba1c closely. I am 5'1 and weigh 110 pounds and exercise vigorously almost daily but have prediabetes. Ongoing issue.
Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 4 months ago.

I have gone through the blood reports.

All the tests are absolutely normal, except

1. WBC, little lower than normal

2. Cholesterol little higher

Now, interpreting the results, cholesterol is not abnormally high, so no need medications, dietary control, weight maintenance, regular exercise is sufficient

About WBC, Yes, it is low, but not abnormally low

When patient presents with a incident finding of low WBC,[usually it is neutrophil, but in your case neutrophil % is normal, and all other individual white blood cells are in normal range] we see and compare with all other reports and come to a conclusion.

In your case all individual WBC's are at lower ranges but not low. Only total WBC is low.

Any serious illness, like viral infections, autoimmune disease, few drugs can cause low WBC.

Some normally have it without symptoms

In cancer, the individuals cells will be abnormally low, and patient will have symptoms. So do not worry.

I will just say wait and watch.

Only thing is be careful that you can catch infections easily when you have low wbc counts[though not too low in your case]

Wash your hands thoroughly, be away from infected patients

Follow up every 6 months with a repeat blood test

Hope this helps

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Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 4 months ago.

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