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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: laminectomy and infection

 jienah - Wed Aug 27, 2008 3:17 am

My friend had surgery laminectomy discectomy. her lab results showed elevated lymphocytes 42% and segmenters 54% the others are normal. and when the lymphocytes are elevated there is viral infection so I just wanna ask if there is a connection between the infection and the laminectomy? Is the infection related to laminectomy? if not then what maybe cause her infection?

 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Wed Dec 31, 2008 11:29 am

User avatar I hope things have worked out well with your friend. And sorry for the delayed response.
There is an adage in medical training: "treat the patient, not the lab". We should apply this here.
A physician should evaluate with history and physical a potential source of infection. The complete CBC results would help too.
Is she sick? Any drainage from incision site? Any fever or malaise?
A more thorough review of your friend's condition is important.
So, she should see her family doctor or surgeon.
Keep us posted.

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