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What does it mean when you have slightly elevated white blood

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What does it mean when you have slightly elevated white blood cells?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 8 years ago.

Hello Rochelle-


Do you know the specific value?

Also do you know the 'differential"- that is the breakdown into neutrophils, lymphocytes, eosinophils etc?

Why was the test done? Do you have any other symptoms going on at this time?

Any medications? Any medical history?

Have you previously had a WBC checked? if so when?


Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I had blood work done because I'm having problems with high blood pressure, I am on medication for this but it is very high right now. The blood sugar, thyroid, blood kidney, blood count, potassium, blood chemistry and liver were all within normal limits except for the slightly increased monocytm. I'm to make an appointment to recheck the labs.
Expert:  TheGermDoctor replied 8 years ago.

A slightly increased monocyte count, with other cell types normal is usually not significant.

Mild dehydration could cause it.

If you had a viral infection can sometimes cause this.


My questions were because many other causes like infections, inflammation, certain medications, arthritis etc can all cause an elevated WBC.

With a single value of only a "slightly' elevated monocyte count, I would agree with just repeating it and following.


Good luck.


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