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Has fever with chills. Blood analysis showed high TLC, increased neutrophils and low lymphocytes. Suggest?

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My husband has a fever with chills and his blood analysis shows highTLC, increased neutrophils, low lymphocytes
Posted Sun, 29 Sep 2013 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Preeti Parakh 45 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Most probably a bacterial infection.

Detailed Answer:

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The presence of high total leucocyte count, increased neutrophils and low lymphocyte count in addition to fever with chills indicates the presence of an infection, most likely bacterial. However, he should also be tested for malaria.

He will also need detailed physical examination and more tests to find if there is a focus of infection or not, like in the lungs or urine. In the meantime, record his temperature every few hours and note it down. Also ensure that he takes adequate fluids. If the fever is high, give him paracetamol. Please consult a doctor immediately so that he can be started on a course of antibiotics after finding the focus.

Hope this helps you. Feel free to ask if you want any clarifications.

Best wishes.

Dr Preeti Parakh
MD Psychiatry

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