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Interpretation of blood test results - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can I help you?
User :   Hi, I just received the results of my CBC, and i am concerned because my WBC are at 3.1 and my neutrophils are at 47.8%
User :   1482 absolute
User :   i have not been sick, nor have i had any infeections
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   your counts are quite low
Doctor :   what about the other counts?
User :   everything else seems to be within the range
Doctor :   ok
User :   RBC, platelets are normal
Doctor :   then I suggest that you repeat the test once again
Doctor :   most likely it may be a false result
User :   is it possible that it could be leukemia?
User :   my WBC were low before, and then they came back up, and now they are back down again
Doctor :   what is your age?
User :   21
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   the diagnosis of leukemia is not made on the counts alone
Doctor :   but it is made out on bone marrow biopsy
User :   i understand that
Doctor :   and the peripheral smear
Doctor :   so there is no need to panic unnecessarily

Doctor :   common things are most common
Doctor :   so it can just be a sub clinical infection
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