Let's wrap this up. Remember, there
are 5 types of white blood cells:
neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes,
eosinophils, and basophils.
Remember, the normal range for
a total white blood cell count
changes over the lifespan and in pregnancy,
particularly, that 3rd trimester.
White blood cells are critical responders
when the body is under attack.
So leukopenia, low white cells,
puts the patient at risk
for not being able to fight off infections.
So be very careful with these patients.
Protect them from the normal infections
or from visitors that might be infected.
Now, leukocytosis is an increase in
white blood cells above 10,000.
Remember, that's the top limit for adults.
And not all 5 types of white blood cells
will be elevated at the same time.
If they are, think about whether your patient
is dehydrated or hemoconcentrated.
Now the cell type that is increased
names the condition.
Remember, neutrophilic leukocytosis
So neutrophilic leukocytosis tells
me that it's elevated.
But remember, -philia, that suffix, means
extra or love from the Greek word.
So, neutrophilic leukocytosis
Now there's different possible clinical
causes for the elevation or decrease
in each of the 5 different
white blood cells.
Remember, the lab results are only as
valuable as the healthcare team members
who look at the results and compare
them to the patient's history;
their medications, their symptoms, and
your own hands-on physical assessment.
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