Q. What can be done to treat high WBC and RBC with bile sludge?

Answered by
Dr. Sadaf Mustafa
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Feb 21, 2019

Hello doctor,

My blood work is showing high WBC and RBC. WBC is 11.3 (normal should be 11), and RBC is 5.14 (normal should be 5.0). Neutrophils are 7.6 (normal should be 7.5). Erythrocytes are at 2 not showing the normal number it should be at. However, it is flagged as high. My alkaline phosphatase is at 121 (normal should be 120), and alanine aminotransferase is showing at 75 (normal should be at 36). I also had an ultrasound done and showing 3.5 cm of bile sludge. Would these results indicate to you that I require gall bladder surgery? I do have pain under my right side rib cage into my right side upper back- tolerant pain. So my surgeon said to think about gall bladder surgery. Do my blood results and sludge showing in ultrasound reflect that I should have this surgery?

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Internal Medicine
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The concept of when to get the surgery depends upon how much pain you have, how bad is the underlying disease and how long you have the inflammation. Given the history of pain, a slightly elevated white count, abnormal liver function test and biliary sludge. It would be a good idea to consider laparoscopic gallbladder surgery. The timing of the surgery whether to do it during an acute attack of pain or as an elective procedure depends upon the surgeon you are seeing.

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