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05-23-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
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WBC, anemia, & sed rate

My GI NP called saying my labs came back with high white blood count, anemic, and high sed rate. Is this normal for a flare?
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05-23-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
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I've always been anemic when tested, which is usually while flaring, and sed rate is always high during a flare also. Not sure about the WBC, but i think that is usually high when there is an infection present?

Did they tell you what your sed rate was?
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05-23-2012, 04:12 PM   #3
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No didn't tell me the actual numbers. Just said labs came back abnormal so I asked which ones did and she said the above. It's unusual as I usually never show markers for anything which has been part of the problem.
05-23-2012, 04:17 PM   #4
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I was anemic, had a high WBC and sed rate at one point. To my knowledge anemia and sed rate could indicate inflammation. Also, c-reactive protein is usually high as well. High WBC could indicate infection.

However, I would consult your doctor. Hope you get to feeling better soon.
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07-04-2012, 12:41 AM   #5
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If you are anemic, the sed rate will be high from that. Sedimentation Rate or ESR measures how far RBC's fall through the plasma in a given time period, usually an hour. So if you have fewer RBC due to anemia they have farther they can fall because there are less of them present.
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