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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i have been told today i have a white blood count oif 27 - why would this be
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   good evening - i saw doc today who unable to say much except i was awaiting a appointment with specialist but blood tests show an abnormal count in my white cells of 27
User :   am female - aged 70
Doctor :   and can you tell me your symptoms?
User :   had no symptons - went for blood test as been having bad high stomach pain
Doctor :   do you have anyother medical conditions ?
User :   am puzzled what the results of tests indicate
Doctor :   A high WBC count can be an indicator of an infection, inflammation, or allergy
User :   had heat attack about 10 years ago and have infequent angina and oesteophorosis
Doctor :   so no further tests were ordered ?
User :   when a high count of 27 shows what would be possible results
Doctor :   there are many conditions that can cause such high levels
Doctor :   1) Anemia
User :   not really - got scan for stomach nexy week but was puzzled as doc said would get appt. with specialist within 2 weeks
Doctor :   2
Doctor :   Infectious diseases
User :   doc said not anaemia
Doctor :   3) Inflammatory disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis or allergy)
Doctor :   4) Severe emotional or physical stress
User :   infectious diseases?
User :   not really under any emotional or physical stress
User :   why would i be seen in a 2 week period
User :   is a level of 27 very high?
Doctor :   do you have the report with you ??
Doctor :   can you tell me the units please ?
Doctor :   does it says white blood cells per microliter (mcL).
User :   no - not get one - just brief consultation with doc to discuss abnormality
Doctor :   ok 10*9 cells per liter
Doctor :   i see
User :   was told count usually 4n- 11 Thousand) but was 27
Doctor :   well the normal range is from 4 to 11
Doctor :   yes thats correct
User :   so 27 high?
Doctor :   and with such high you need to see a hematologist
User :   would it be just a regular cause of more serious?
Doctor :   like i said it can be from a infection
Doctor :   you did complain of stomach ache
User :   what kind infection?
Doctor :   that can be one of the cause
User :   yes stomach pains - bloating and pain - suspect gallstones
Doctor :   White blood cells help fight infections. so when ever the body has ANY TYPE of infection the levels of WBC increases
Doctor :   you would have to see a hematologist and then we can find out the exact cause and then you will be treated accordingly
User :   understand that but am anxious there reason for concern - my daughter and mother had non hodgkins
User :   thought maybe you could show light until then
User :   until appt. comes thr
Doctor :   i can understand your concern but until further tests are not done its not possible to tell the exact cause.
User :   thank you anyway - good night
Doctor :   but i can assure you
Doctor :   that MOST COMMON REASON is always a infection
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   take care
Doctor :   good night
User :   thank you for that x
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