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WBC levels
Feb 5, 2007
I am not from this board I post on MS and asthama.

I was wondering if any of you would share with me how high your WBC counts are. My daughter was just admitted to the hospital 2 hours away from me with a WBC of 19,000. Maybe they suspect infection but I was just wondering at what point they would be concerned about leukemia?

laurie f
Re: WBC levels
Feb 6, 2007
An increased WBC is an indicator of both infection or leukemia. My daughter was diagnosed with leukemia with a WBC of also 19,000. [B][I]HOWEVER[/I][/B], 25% of that figure were BLASTS (leukemic cells). I also had a niece admitted to the hospital this past June with a WBC of 66,000 caused by a staph infection. What are her other blood counts, such as Hemoglobin and Platelets? If leukemia is brewing, these counts usually take a dive when acute leukemias are involved.

It may just be that she has a nasty infection going on inside her system.
Re: WBC levels
Feb 7, 2007
Sometimes it can take the doctors a little time to find the culprit. It could be a number of different things, yes, including leukemia. The only way they can definately diagnose or rule out any form of leukemia is by a Bone Marrow Biopsy.

Your daughter's WBC may just run high, it may just be coming down from an infection before. Jenna, my daughter, had pneumonia after her transplant. They did her counts every week. It sky rocketed and we held in the 12,000 - 15,000 range for over 3 weeks. Sending me into a tizzy. All during the while, her pneumonia was clearing up. Please understand that at that time we were having weekly appointments with her Transplant doctors.

Have you found anything new out? I am praying that they find the cause quickly.

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