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Have hyperlipidemia. Have branch retinal artery occlusion, blocked femoral popliteal artery. Common tests to be done?

Hi Samuel

I went to the doctor yesterday and had wbc 0000+ - I also have mixed hyperlipidemia (Raised triglycerides). My wbc was about 0000 three months ago and my doctor suggested stopping drinking alcohol for 3 months which I did so was surprised by my blood test result yesterday. I have no famiarial history of Leukemia and my doctor says that I will be referred to the haemotholoigt. I also have a Branch retinal artery occlusion and a blocked femoral popliteal artery in my right leg. Other wise I feel OK. Will I be admitted to hospital or what common tests might they do?
Asked On : Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Definitely a hematology consult is in order; one of the key tests will be to analyze the peripheral blood morphology (blood sample on a microscope) and likely perform a bone marrow biopsy to look for abnormalities in the production of blood cells. The arterial thrombosis symptoms are quite unusual; you will likely have a battery of tests ordered by the hematologist to look for abnormal causes of blood clotting, and likely (if you haven't already) be placed on a blood thinner. As you can imagine, to orchestrate all of this extensive workup, it is more practical if you are admitted to the hospital, particularly given the issue of the arterial clots.

Hope this helps

Dr Brenes-Salazar
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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