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My lymphocyte count is low, and neutrophil is high. Are these signs of blood cancer?

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Dr. Vinodhini J.

Published At September 2, 2020
Reviewed AtSeptember 2, 2020

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My lymphocytes relative count was 13.5% (below average) and neutrophils relative count was 79.4% (slightly elevated). My lymphocytes absolute count is 1.44 and neutrophils absolute count is 8.45. White blood cell count is 10.64 (within normal range) and RBC count is 5.12 (normal) I have health anxiety and was wondering if this is a sign of blood cancer? Could it be stress-related? Or bacterial infection? I just hope it is not a sign of cancer. Any information is greatly appreciated. I started Lexapro two weeks ago.


Welcome to the icliniq.com.

In the attached report (attachment removed to protect patient identity), your lymphocytes count is low and neutrophil is high. It seems to be due to infective etiology, not cancer.

In the attached report, premature cells are not present and total WBC count is around 10000. In leukemia like blood cancer total count usually goes much high and premature cells are present. So from the reports it does not look like cancer.

If COVID-19 cases are more in your area, then I recommend investigation with RT-PCR of nasal swab as well.

Drink more water and take antibiotics. Take tablet Vitamin C. Repeat CBC (complete blood count) after three to five days to check lymphocytes count. Stress also can be responsible some times in a few patients to raise neutrophil.

You can consult a nearby physician for your detailed physical examination.

I hope this helps.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri


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