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what does a high monocyte means...


There are five different types of white blood cells which serve different functions in our body. The five different types of white blood cells are the neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, eosinophils and the basophils.
The differential blood count is done to calculate the percentage of each type of white blood cell there is in relation to each other. It also gives a clearer picture in a diagnosis for the cause of a disease.

In a normal person, there are :

Neutrophils: 3150 to 6200
Lymphocytes: 1500 to 3000
Monocytes: 300 to 500
Eosinophils: 50 to 250
Basophils: 15 to 50
Per micro liter of blood.

These counts are usually used as indicators to diseases/symptoms. A high neutrophil count would suggest infection/cancer/physical stress. High lymphocytes counts are usually due to Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). High monocyte and eosinophil count usually points at bacterial infection.