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Just got my yearly health report. What should I do

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Dr. Aaron Branch

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Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 in General Health
Question: Just got my yearly health report. What should I do for the alert on low level Monocytes. Apparently I have 193 that is less than normal.
Answered by Dr. Aaron Branch 4 minutes later
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Your monocyte count is slightly low, as usually the lower limit would be 200. However, the normal range for the monocyte count just means that usually 95% of healthy people will have a monocyte count within that range. This means that up to 5% of people will have monocyte counts outside this range, but still be completely normal.

There are very few diseases that would cause a low monocyte count, such as certain leukemias or inborn immune deficiencies, but these are rare and will have other abnormalities on their blood tests, such as a low total white blood cell count.

In your case, unless you are having other symptoms, I wouldn't worry about this at all. The blood cell counts continuously fluctuate, and likely your monocyte count will be normal the next time you check.

I hope that helps, please let me know if you have any other questions about that and I'd be glad to discuss it further with you.
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