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White Blood Cell (WBC)

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What is the Lab Name for White Blood Cell?

White Blood Cell

What is the Lab Abbreviation for White Blood Cell?

WBC

What is White Blood Cell in terms of Nursing Labs?

White blood cells (WBCs) are created in the bone marrow. Their primary function is to defend the body against infection. There are various types of WBCs which have different shapes and functions. Decreased WBC count is called Leukopenia and increased WBC count is called Leukocytosis.

What is the Normal Range for White Blood Cell?

4,500 – 10,000 cells/mcL

What are the Indications for White Blood Cell?

  • Evaluate for infection

What would cause Increased Levels of White Blood Cell?

  • Infection/inflammation
  • Leukemic Neoplasia
  • Trauma/stress
  • Tissue necrosis
  • Pregnancy
  • Cushing Disease
  • Asthma
  • Allergic reaction

What would cause Decreased Levels of White Blood Cell?

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
  • Anemia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Chemotherapy/radiation
  • Overwhelming infections (WBCs are all used up)

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