My platelets are low at 118 and lymphocytes high at 55. Everything else was normal. Could this be a sign of Leukemia, or would other things in my blood be off as well??
I'm going to assume you are saying you had a WBC (White Blood Cell) count of 55,000 WBCs per cubic millimeter of blood. This is usually written as mm cubed with a 3 elevated right behind the second 'm'. You could have leukemia or a leukemoid reaction. A leukemoid reaction is an over reaction to an infection, allergy, inflammatory disease, infection, poison, hemorrhage, burn, or severe physical stress where your body creates far more WBCs than it needs. How did you learn the results without an explanation? It seems an explanation should have been offered. A differential of the WBCs should have been performed and would normally help to distinguish between the 2 diagnoses.
If that distinction couldn't be made or leukemia is suspected, a Bone Marrow procedure will be performed and slides made and reviewed. Your bone marrow is where the early precursors of your WBC and RBC (Red Blood Cells) and platelets are made. There is a difference in how the marrow cells look in each of these diagnoses. Additional tests like cytology will also help identify a leukemia. Some routine chemical tests will be elevated and help with the diagnosis.
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