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Im curious about Lymphocytosis, I made a previous question about some blood results but I wasn't really paying attention to my actual Lymph Counts.
In my Most recent Blood Test it shows
Lymphs % = 40
and Absolute Lymph Count = 2.6
(My WBC was 6.4)

While my chart says the Lymph range is 14-46 this seems very close to the upper end, and i've read Lymphocytosis is diagnosed with a Lymph % over 40. But is this considered Relative Lymphocytosis if the Absolute Lymph Count is still well within normal range (Under 4000) or Relative?

and in Cases of CLL or Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia do patients have Relative or Absolute Lymphocytosis and should I be worried? (Especially since mines towards the upper end)

Neutrophils were 45% and 2.8 Respectively.


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replied June 9th, 2012
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Welcome to e health forum.

White blood cells are essential to healthy immune system functioning, as they help fight off infections and other abnormalities in the blood, bone marrow, and lymphatic system.

The normal WBC counts ranges from 3500 -10900 cells /cmm. Lymphocytes normally form 15 - 45% of the total WBC count (about 1000 - 3500 cells). Any form of inflammation or viral infections can cause elevated levels of lymphocytes (lymphocytosis - more than 4000 lymphocytes /cmm). Your WBC counts and Lymphocyte counts are within normal range. There is no need to worry about them.

With respect to conditions like Lymphomas or leukaemias, the actual counts can be elevated to extreme high levels. The total counts can be in the range of 60000 - 1 lakh cells / cmm, with lymphocytes forming above 60-90% of the cells. In addition most of the cells will have abnormal and premature forms of lymphocytes, which can be confirmed via microscopic examination of a peripheral blood smear.

I hope this clears your doubts.


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