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Old 04-20-2011, 12:15 AM   #1
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What does "Reactive White Blood Cells" mean?

I have a host of symptoms, which could point to thyroid, poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, autoimmune conditions.

Throughout the course of testing for various things, over the past 10 years or so, I noticed that for at least the past few years the blood tests always indicate "mild lyphocytosis" due to elevated white cell count (blood tests are done at least a dozen or more times a year - and I'm not often sick with a virus etc). I pointed this out to Dr late last year, and now they are looking into it as it still comes back elevated.

I was sent for a 'lymphocyte marker studies' test, never saw the results (could see majority of parts were 'red' meaning too low/high, am guessing must have been mild). The lab and Dr said I needed to have it tested again in 2 months. I just had it tested again (different Doc cos mine was away) and she gave me a test for 'Leukaemia marker studies' - not sure if this is same test or a bit different.

Anyhow, had test done and rang for results today - apparently I have to get it checked again in 2 months, and the only comment I got from the receptionist was "Reactive White Blood Cells". Does anyone know what that means? I'm guessing its not bad because I don't have to go in to Doc, but why keep checking it - what could it mean?

I have an appt with doc but not for a week as he's still on holidays and I want my normal GP. Any ideas greatly appreciated - especially if they may indicate something to do with the abovementioned conditions as still trying to get diagnosis/treatment for them.

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