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What causes low lymphocyte and high neutrophil counts in blood?

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Posted on Mon, 11 May 2015
Question: Low lymphocyte abs of 0.2 and high neutrophil count of 90 percent-- is it significant--
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (16 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
can signal a bacterial infection, may be mild or severe

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

Lymphocytes and neutrophils are types of white blood cells.

This means that they are involved in the body's immune response to infection or inflammation. They can also go up due to more serious causes but this is not as common.
The lymphocyte and neutrophil count are to be interpreted along with the total white blood cell count (WBC). If the WBC is normal then any change is not likely significant.

The neutrophils respond mainly to bacterial infections and lymphocytes mainly to viral infection.

The neutrophil and lymphocyte count are normally around a specific ratio.
The increase in neutrophils along with the decrease in lymphocyte may signal a bacterial infection.

This infection may only be mild or may be severe.

I hope this helps ,feel free to ask any other questions
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What causes low lymphocyte and high neutrophil counts in blood?

Brief Answer: can signal a bacterial infection, may be mild or severe Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic Lymphocytes and neutrophils are types of white blood cells. This means that they are involved in the body's immune response to infection or inflammation. They can also go up due to more serious causes but this is not as common. The lymphocyte and neutrophil count are to be interpreted along with the total white blood cell count (WBC). If the WBC is normal then any change is not likely significant. The neutrophils respond mainly to bacterial infections and lymphocytes mainly to viral infection. The neutrophil and lymphocyte count are normally around a specific ratio. The increase in neutrophils along with the decrease in lymphocyte may signal a bacterial infection. This infection may only be mild or may be severe. I hope this helps ,feel free to ask any other questions