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What does it mean to have
lab result the lymphocytes is 49.0 high,
Posted Sat, 28 Sep 2013 in Blood Disorders
Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 8 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Immune cells are higher than usual

Detailed Answer:
Dear Mr XXXX,

Thanks for your query. We have different white blood cells that protect us against infection, foreign bodies and cancer, and one of the groups are called lymphocytes; these usually increase in response to infection, most commonly a viral or fungal infection, but also can increase with stressful conditions, vaccinations, medications and more rarely certain types of cancer. If there has been a recent or current infection, that is probably the most likely explanation.

Yours truly,

Dr Brenes-Salazar MD
Mayo Clinic MN
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Follow-up: What does the lab reports mean? 3 minutes later
So what does it mean to have the immune cells higher than usual and should I be concern and why?
Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 23 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Cells have been stimulated

Detailed Answer:
It means that such group of celles, lymphocytes, have been stimulated by any of those triggers that I mentioned: a recent or current infection (even something as vane as a cold), medications, vaccines, stress, allergies, etc. Although as I mentioned malignancies are also cause of elevated lymphocytes, it is more rare.

Yours truly
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Follow-up: What does the lab reports mean? 6 minutes later
Ad there certain type of infections that cause this problem? If so what type of infection
Answered by Dr. Jorge Brenes-Salazar 1 minute later
Brief Answer:
Viral and fungal infections

Detailed Answer:
Most frequent infections that elevate these types of cells are viral by far, even a diarrheal illness, followed by fungal infections; there are rare instances when bacteria such as tuberculosis or pertussis can increase lymphocytes
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