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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Monocytes

12/05/2007

Question:

During a recent blood test my level of Monocytes was flaged as H (11.6) normal range low (2) high (10.0). My doctor did not mention any concern but would like further information. Thank you

Answer:

It is difficult to say anything with limited information, but in general, monocytes are elevated as a result of acute inflammation or a reaction to something by the body - allergic, acute illness, etc. This by itself is very nonspecific and does say anything other than there may be an ongoing inflammatory or reactive process. I would encourage you to talk to your doctor to get more information on how this relates, if at all, to your health.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University