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Extremely high WBC count?

04/07/2009

Question:

A co-worker of mine has a 6 year old that tested positive for strep throat last week but had a WBC count of 39,000. Is is possible that his WBC count is due to the strep throat even though it`s this high? Or is there something else maybe going on?

Answer:

It is possible that this is related to strep throat, but without knowing the specifics and the ability to examine the child it is difficult to provide more specific information.

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Response by:

Michael Spigarelli, MD, PhD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati