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    Old 05-31-2011, 10:09 AM   #1
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    What could WBC mean for a man?

    (Title should read "What could low WBC count mean for a man?"

    Hi,

    I'm writing in for my husband hoping someone can shed some light on this either from knowledge or experience. He is scheduled for surgery this Friday, June 3rd, and his blood came back as follows:

    WBC 2.50 (3.70-10.60)

    RBC 4.36 (4.50-5.70)

    Hemoglobin 12.3 (13.0-16.7)

    Hematocrit 37.2 (38.8-49.7)

    RDW 14.5 (11.8-14.0)

    Platelet count 122 (146-390)

    MPV 10.3 (6.4-10.2)

    Monocytes 11.3 (0.0-6.6)

    Neutrophil Absolute Count 1.20 (1.40-8.00)

    Lymphocyte Absolute Count .90 (1.00-5.20)

    Doctor won't let him go through surgery until this is resolved. We're waiting for a call back from him to see the next step. In the meantime, can someone tell me what could be the cause of these low numbers?

    My husband donates blood twice a year and does the double red blood cells too. He's never had a problem. He did give blood 2/27/11 though. Could this be the reason? Hmmm...

    Also, does anyone know what all these things mean? Monocytes, neutrophil, etc.

    Also, my husband is very healthy all around. He's 6'2, 180 pounds.

    Thanks so much!

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    Old 06-01-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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    Hi...I don't know what kind of surgery your husband was scheduled for, but with his Monocytes and Neutrophils numbers low, it makes it harder to fight off an infection. They are basically defenses in the system to fight off infection. Maybe this is why the Dr. doesn't wish him to go through surgery as with his defense system being low it would cause his system not to beable to fight off an infection if he got one.

    When your Dr. calls I would ask him if this is the reason and what the next step is to get them elevated. Has he been ill lately and his immune system maybe a bit run down?

    Wishing you the best..and keep us posted...JJ...
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    HI JJ,


    Thanks for your reply. The surgery has now been canceled. The doctor gave my husband two choices: either go back in 6-8 weeks to have another CBC test done or go for a hematology consult at which time he would be sent to have a bone marrow biopsy done. EEK!!!

    I called United Blood Services to see if his blood donation could affect his levels and they really couldn't say. He gave blood last Nov.2010 and again Feb.2011. That's pretty close. He's supposed.to wait four months before giving blood. It had only been three months. It's also.only been three months from Feb.2011 until now too. It makes sense to me that that's probably the reason. He hasn't been sick or down in any way at all. So, he's opting for.a retest in six weeks.

    We shall see. I'll post next test in July.

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    Hi Lisa.....Well I tried to explain as best as possible without getting too technical, but hubby might want to see a blood Dr. if the next test is still low just for peace of mind. It could be the giving of blood too often, but as the Dr. said, no conclusive answer. Let's hope all is well and do let us know how the next test goes.

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    Old 06-13-2011, 11:56 PM   #5
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    HI JJ,


    Thanks for your reply. The surgery has now been canceled. The doctor gave my husband two choices: either go back in 6-8 weeks to have another CBC test done or go for a hematology consult at which time he would be sent to have a bone marrow biopsy done. EEK!!!

    I called United Blood Services to see if his blood donation could affect his levels and they really couldn't say. He gave blood last Nov.2010 and again Feb.2011. That's pretty close. He's supposed.to wait four months before giving blood. It had only been three months. It's also.only been three months from Feb.2011 until now too. It makes sense to me that that's probably the reason. He hasn't been sick or down in any way at all. So, he's opting for.a retest in six weeks.

    We shall see. I'll post next test in July.

    Lisa
    I think february was too long ago to have this kind of effect on the blood test. hope the july test will look better. why does the doctor think a biopsy would be warranted to check this out further? did he say anything about that?

     
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