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Old 01-09-2004, 04:58 PM   #1
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Wife with high white blood cell count and pregnant

During my wife's first visit to her OBGYN, she had a CBC done. It came back with an elevated high white blood cell count of around 14. They also found that she had a bladder infection during that time and gave her antibiotics. She went back a few weeks later to do another CBC and urinalysis to see if the bladder infection was gone. The bladder infection was gone, but were WBC was still high - 12.2. A few weeks later after this, she went back for another CBC and now her WBC is 13.7. The OBGYN is referring her to a hematologist to see what is wrong. I called the OBGYN's nurse to get details of the WBC and she said the neutrophil count was 11193 which she said typically indicates some sort of infection in the body. She indicated that ALL other blood counts were perfectly normal.

My wife feels fine. There is no indication that any sort of infection or inflammation is going on......

Should I be alarmed by this? I just need some reassurance that I'm not worrying too much about this - I should probably stay off the Internet and looking for causes for this......

Do high WBCs affect the baby at all?????

Thanks.......

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Old 01-25-2004, 07:09 PM   #2
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Re: Wife with high white blood cell count and pregnant

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During my wife's first visit to her OBGYN, she had a CBC done. It came back with an elevated high white blood cell count of around 14. They also found that she had a bladder infection during that time and gave her antibiotics. She went back a few weeks later to do another CBC and urinalysis to see if the bladder infection was gone. The bladder infection was gone, but were WBC was still high - 12.2. A few weeks later after this, she went back for another CBC and now her WBC is 13.7. The OBGYN is referring her to a hematologist to see what is wrong. I called the OBGYN's nurse to get details of the WBC and she said the neutrophil count was 11193 which she said typically indicates some sort of infection in the body. She indicated that ALL other blood counts were perfectly normal.

My wife feels fine. There is no indication that any sort of infection or inflammation is going on......

Should I be alarmed by this? I just need some reassurance that I'm not worrying too much about this - I should probably stay off the Internet and looking for causes for this......

Do high WBCs affect the baby at all?????

Thanks.......
Hi Adam, My OBGYN told me because I have Polycythemia, that I cannot have children because my cells are always going up in count, Red, white, platelets. She said if my white world stay down then it would be ok to try and have children. I am 37 and have no children and would really like to have 1. Hope all works out and keep me posted to maybe I could have some information when I go see her next.
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Old 01-25-2004, 10:09 PM   #3
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Re: Wife with high white blood cell count and pregnant

One thing, don't stay on the internet looking for this--let the specialist handle it. Why? Because you'll end up convincing yourself that she has something like leukemia, when it's probably nothing. When women become pregnant, especially in the later stages, they can have white blood cell counts due to a process called "demargination". In terms of your white blood cells, normally you have blood cells that are floating around in your blood, but also those that are sticking to the sides of the inside of your vessels. They can exit through pores in the walls of the vessels in order to reach tissues that need them. When you draw blood, you're mostly getting the blood cells that are floating around in the blood rather than sticking to the side of the vessels. In pregnancy, sometimes more of the white blood cells that are sticking can detach, and when you check the blood, it seems like it's higher. Usually this means nothing. I agree that your wife's WBC count is raised, but it's really not by much, and the hematologist will likely say that there's nothing wrong and all that your wife needs is blood monitoring throughout the pregnancy.

 
Old 01-26-2004, 10:57 AM   #4
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Re: Wife with high white blood cell count and pregnant

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One thing, don't stay on the internet looking for this--let the specialist handle it. Why? Because you'll end up convincing yourself that she has something like leukemia, when it's probably nothing. When women become pregnant, especially in the later stages, they can have white blood cell counts due to a process called "demargination". In terms of your white blood cells, normally you have blood cells that are floating around in your blood, but also those that are sticking to the sides of the inside of your vessels. They can exit through pores in the walls of the vessels in order to reach tissues that need them. When you draw blood, you're mostly getting the blood cells that are floating around in the blood rather than sticking to the side of the vessels. In pregnancy, sometimes more of the white blood cells that are sticking can detach, and when you check the blood, it seems like it's higher. Usually this means nothing. I agree that your wife's WBC count is raised, but it's really not by much, and the hematologist will likely say that there's nothing wrong and all that your wife needs is blood monitoring throughout the pregnancy.
Thanks!

We just had the appointment this morning with the hematologist. He said he doesn't think its anything at all. He says its possible that these higher neutrophil counts are normal for her. He said the "normal" ranges are for 95% of the healthy population. Therefore, one in twenty will have values outside of this, but are considered normal for them. Regardless, he ordered a more extensive blood work just to be on the safe side. But we left there feeling good about the situation. He strongly hesitated to mention anything about leukemia. He said it once real lightly while shaking his head. And he kept reassuring us he didn't think it was anything at all.....

 
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