Knowledge Check

A patient has a white cell count of 6.2 x 109/L. Which of the following is/are possible?

a
The patient has neutrophilia
Not possible since neutrophilia is defined by an abosulte neutrophil count > the patient’s total white blood cell count.
b
The patient has lymphocytosis
c
The patient has eosinophilia
d
The patient has basophilia
e
The patient has monocytosis

A patient presents with a white cell count of 20 x 109/L and 80% neutrophils.

… the patient from the last slide is a smoker. Should his leukocytosis be investigated?

a
Yes
Correct. We want to rule out other causes for the elevated neutrophil count.
b
No
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