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Question: Elevated RBC & platelets; lymphocytes low

 Guest88 - Wed Feb 21, 2007 7:40 pm

I am a 36 year old female. I recently had a CBC as part of my annual exam and a few of the results were slightly out of range. While I am not overly concerned, I am curious about the significance of the numbers. I am going back in a few weeks for another CBC at my doctor's request.

RBC was 5.19 (4.20-5.00)
Platelet Count was 511 (150-400)
Lymphocytes were 19.7% (24.0-44.0)
Everything else was within range.

My cholesterol was also high...LDL was 125; HDL was 90. I really don't have any other symptoms. I've had headaches lately, but nothing terrible. I have night sweats, mostly due to Zoloft I believe. I've been a little more tired than usual, but again, nothing major.

Thanks in advance for your input.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed Feb 21, 2007 10:49 pm

User avatar Your RBC count is really not significantly elevated and is likely an incidental finding.

Were you recently sick? Your platelet count is elevated some. Platelet counts tend to go up with inflammatory states, such as infections. This may also explain the low lympocyte count. Generally, during the early part of an illness the type of white blood cells shift from lymphocytes to neutrophils. It is possible that your lymphocytes simply haven't had enough time to repopulate yet.

Overall, I would not be too concerned about your lab results. If there is worry, the results can be repeated to ensure that they are returning to normal.

Hope this helps.


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