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Having an elevated white count is not solely an indicator of Leukemia. When one is initially diagnosed with Leukemia, the white count is commonly elevated. This is caused by the blast cells (leukemic cells) rapidly reproducing, hence a high WBC. The main indicators of leukemia are decreases in your platelet count and hemoglobin, along with drastic changes in your differential, caused by the blasts overcrowding your marrow and inhibiting it from producing normal cells.

When they examined your blood under the microscope and did not see any atypical cells or blast cells, then they wouldn't have a concern for Leukemia. Your WBC does become elevated with sinus infections and the like.

When my daughter was diagnosed with Leukemia, she had a WBC of 19,000 in which 25% of that were blasts.





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