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What does low lymphocyte indicate?

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Posted on Mon, 14 Jul 2014
Question: Hi Doctor,
I am 30 year old male . 5 days back I suddenly developed a stomach paid while eating outside. The pain persisted for around 1.5 days . In the mean time I developed fever and headache which continued for around 3 days(till last night). Yesterday morning I got my CBC+ESR test done and received my report today....
TC WBC - > 7.1*10^3
Neutrophil % -> 80.1 (ref Value: 40-75)
Lymphocyte % -> 16.1 (ref value: 20-50)
Is this low Lymphocyte % something to worry about ? Earlier I read somewhere that during a bacterial infection body starts producing more Neutrophils and hence during a bacterial infection the lymphocyte % is genrally lower than usual. Is this the case with me? kindly advise. Thanks a lot in advance for your guidance.
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Answered by Dr. Ratnakar Kini (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Probably due to infection.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for posting your query.
I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you.

What you see in the test result is just percentage/proportion of the total count.
In your case you should read it as high neutrophil count only ( 80% compared to the normal range of 40-75%) and not as low lymphocyte count.

You probably had a bacterial infection which might have caused the raise in the neutrophil count.

I hope that answers your question.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
Regards,
Dr.R.K
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What does low lymphocyte indicate?

Brief Answer: Probably due to infection. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for posting your query. I am Dr.R.K and I am pleased to assist you. What you see in the test result is just percentage/proportion of the total count. In your case you should read it as high neutrophil count only ( 80% compared to the normal range of 40-75%) and not as low lymphocyte count. You probably had a bacterial infection which might have caused the raise in the neutrophil count. I hope that answers your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr.R.K