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A friend was going to have surgery for carpal tunnel surgery

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A friend was going to have surgery for carpal tunnel surgery today and during pre-op testing his white cell count went up to 18? What could this mean...they cancelled surgery on wrist as well as dental surgery scheduled soon.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
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That suggests likely underlying infection --can be UTI, or sinus infection.

Another possibility can be blood cell malig***** *****ke leukemia or lymphoma --risk is low but still in differential.

Hence further evaluation is required.

Blood count also should be repeated to make sure the reading was correct.
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