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White blood count is high (1,600). Should I be worried?

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I had blood work done by a hematologist and the doctor said my white blood count is high (1,600). He said I need to come back in three-months to check if it’s gotten better. Should I be worried?

Answer: Have you been diagnosed with CLL? It is extremely difficult to say since we are not fully aware of your medical situation and your previous lab results.

Please talk to your physician about your lab values as they will have all your past labs and trends in your lab results are typically much more important than any individual abnormal lab value in CLL.

If you have any questions about what the normal lab values are, you can look at  this section of our website. Additionally, many patients find it helpful to use our lab trending tool where you can enter your lab values and watch them trend over time in one place. That can be found on our website here.