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Question: Low WBC, High RBC, Hemoglobin, and Hematocrit

 Maria - Mon Jul 09, 2007 5:29 pm


Help! I have been diagnosed with Hep B. I have been seen by a Hep specialist and have been monitored closely for the last few years. My last sonogram (liver) and blood work (about a month ago) was normal. I am a 49 year old male. I was just contacted by my doctor because I had the following abnormal results:

WBC 3.2
RBC 5.15
Hemoglobin 16.3
Hematocrit 47.0

What could this be?
Thanks for your help in advance.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:26 pm

User avatar All of your levels are very borderline abnormal. Some would consider them all normal.

Your WBC count may be a touch low do to a recent infection (symptomatic or not). Often viruses can suppress the bone marrow a little and lead to a drop in WBC's.

The Hemoglobin/Hematocrit and RBC's are all related. I would consider these normal and would not be alarmed by them.

If there is concern I would recommend having your CBC rechecked in a few weeks to see if they are correcting.

Keep in mind that I have not examined you and do not have your old chart so these statements are purely based on an isolated lab value. Always trust your doctor over my internet advice.

Best wishes.


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