What does low lymphocyte with high neutrophil count indicate?

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

Answered by
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
and medically reviewed by Dr. Vinodhini. J
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 02, 2020

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.



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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.

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