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What does abnormal increase in WBC signify?

Answered by: Dr Dharma R Choudhary

Clinical Hematologist & Bone Marrow Transplant Physician,BL Kapur Memorial Hospital, New Delhi

Q. I am a 35 years old male weighing 65 kg. I underwent haemogram which showed WBC - 12800 /cu mm. What does it indicate? How can I manage it?

A.  Abnormal increase in white cell counts in a young person signifies infections, inflammation and a variety of other causes. What you require is to get a complete blood count (CBC) with differential leukocyte counts and peripheral blood film examination. This mild increase in WBC counts does not give any information if the patient is asymptomatic.

A.  Abnormal increase in white cell counts in a young person signifies infections, inflammation and a variety of other causes. What you require is to get a complete blood count (CBC) with differential leukocyte counts and peripheral blood film examination. This mild increase in WBC counts does not give any information if the patient is asymptomatic.

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