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Re: Blood count
Feb 9, 2007
When an acute (meaning accelerated) Leukemia is present, *usually* your WBC becomes elevated. The immature, cancerous cells only know how to reproduce. They do not completely mature and do not basically know when to die. The marrow becomes packed with only these types of cells, causing the production of platelets and the like to be compromised, causing a decrease in levels.

However, you can still be diagnosed with Leukemia having other relatively normal blood counts. With chronic Leukemias, other blood levels can be in within normal limits, but the WBC is elevated. With Chronic Leukemias the WBC can be elevated well into the 500,000's.

When you start to see excessive blasts circculating in the periphial blood, that is a pretty strong indicator that leukemia is brewing.

Infection is also something that can cause a dramatic increase in WBC.

Also, a WBC of 11.0 - 11.2 is very slightly elevated. You could have a CBC done today and it could be 4,000 and the next week be 8,000.





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