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Question: low RBC high lymphocytes


 Love2hateMe - Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:28 pm

HI, I have a 3 and a half month old little boy. He was sick for 2 weeks with a bug adn ear infection. When he was admitted to the hospital they drew blood and on blood draw one his RBC was low at 10 and his lymphocytes were high. Day 2 the RBC went to 34 and his lymphocytes still rose some.
IS this good or bad? What can it be? Is it safe?
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Mon Aug 30, 2010 11:14 am

User avatar Hello,When interpreting lymphocyte percentages it should be remembered that in young children the proportion of lymphocytes exceeds the adult levels,and so does the absolute lymphocyte count.Failure to recognize age specific lymphocytosis may lead to unnecessary investigations.In your child's case it must be viewed along these lines and interpretations would depend on clinical presentation.Marked increase occurs in whooping cough,and moderate increase in viral infections.
Best wishes.

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