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    Question Confused about the CBC numbers

    Specifically the white blood cell counts. I have been reading all over the internet and it's only making me more confused. I see people talking about 12,000 or 15,000 when talking about their white blood cell count and normal is between 4,300 and 10,800. Then I see others say it's 4.1 or 4.8 or something like that.

    What do those numbers mean?

    I have not been diagnosed, I see the oncologist next week for a formal diagnosis. I'm actually thinking there will be more tests before a formal diagnosis after all the reading I've been doing.

    I had a UTI so my regular doctor did a CBC. She said I had Leukocytosis, but she used 2 words. I can't remember what she said. Can you have Leukocytosis and not have Leukemia? This isn't the first time I've had a high white blood count with a CBC. Maybe I'm just a person with a normally high wbc? Is that a possibility?

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    I think the difference is in the units used: g/dL vs ng/L.

    I am not familiar enough with Leukemias to answer your other question. Hopefully some one else will be here soon with the right answer.
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    Crystal,
    4.3 is in thousands "K" so it's really 4.3K .....or 4300 (K=1000)
    if normal is between 4,300 and 10,800 that would relate, (usually on a CBC sheet) to 4.3 and 10.8 with the "K" assumed.

    It does make you crazy until you learn it. Good luck to you Crystal.
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    So that's easy enough. Normal is 4.3-10.8 or 4,300-10,800. I have no idea what my numbers were but I'm going to ask on Monday. Thanks.

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    Sure, give em heck, girl!!

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    Got my answer yesterday. My white blood cells were 40K or 40,000. I do have CLL, but no symptoms. I had 14 tubes of blood taken to test for everything under the sun! Time to do some real learning...

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    Hi Crystal,
    i was diagnosed with CML in July while on a regular check up with my Obgyn( am expecting twins) , my white blood count went as high at 207,000 or 207K with no symptoms. Are you taking any Medications already? My case is kinda complicated being pregnant, three weeks ago they had to do a procedure on me known as leukepheresis, but my counts didnt get lower than 130K, last week they dropped down to 18K without the procedure and am so glad, God is GOOD!!!!!! Just thought i should share this with you.

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    I couldn't imagine how scared you must be getting cancer while pregnant. Is there a such thing as gestational leukemia?

    The doctor said I probably won't need any treatments for 2 years.

    Good luck. Hopefully you won't need treatments for years either.
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