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My blood count is 16.8 down from 17.2 a couple of weeks ago

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My white blood count is 16.8 down from 17.2 a couple of weeks ago but my platelet count is up to 537
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  M Javid, MD replied 6 years ago.
M Javid, MD :

Hi, do you know your white cell differential and the hemoglobin?

M Javid, MD :

A high white cell count that is mostly due to an elevation of neutrophils can indicate infection or inflammation in the body

Customer:

I don't know white cell differential but my hemoglobin was 11.4

Customer:

On the blood test taken February 2nd, the following showed

M Javid, MD :

OK, that is on the lower side (anemia), and you can have an elevation of platelets associated with it

M Javid, MD :

Were you given any antibiotics?

Customer:

WBC 17.2, LYM% 17.7, MONO% 1.8, GRAN % 80.5, LYM# ***** MONO# ***** GRAN# *****

Customer:

Yes, I was given 7 days of Cipro

Customer:

Please sign back on.

M Javid, MD :

Was that given for the diverticulitis?

M Javid, MD :

Are your symptoms any better now?

M Javid, MD :

You can have an elevated white cell count as a result of diverticulitis or its complications such as abscess formation.

M Javid, MD :

Acid reflux will not do this

M Javid, MD :

Platelets can increase in number due to what is known as secondary thrombocytosis, due to infection, inflammation and bleeding

M Javid, MD :

White blood cells can also increase due to allergic reactions, due to the effects of drugs (such as steroids), due to rheumatologic diseases (such as rheumatoid arthritis), malignant disorders of the blood (such as leukemias and polycythemia) to mention some other causes.

M Javid, MD :

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