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Re: High white blood cell counts and pre-e

Posted: Wed May 01, 639563 8:59 pm
by caryn
Yes. I had to hunt for an authoritative citation.

Neutrophils are a kind of white blood cells, so I searched PubMed for "neutrophil elevated preeclampsia":

"The total leukocyte count was significantly increased in women with severe PE compared with women with mild PE and normal pregnant controls: 10.66 +/- 3.70 ( P < 0.0001) versus 9.47 +/- 2.59 and 8.55 +/- 1.93 (1 x 10 (3)/microL), respectively. The increased total leukocyte count was mainly due to the increase in neutrophil numbers: 8.05 +/- 4.01 (severe; P < 0.0001) versus 6.69 +/- 2.23 (mild) and 5.90 +/- 1.79 (controls), respectively. The total neutrophil count was further increased 48 hours after delivery in the group with severe PE."

So yes, white blood cell counts are elevated even in mild PE and are waaaay elevated in severe PE.

Re: High white blood cell counts and pre-e

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 639563 8:47 am
by ktsl123
I have never heard of a kidney infection being mistaken for PE. I never had a kidney infection either. I was just thinking that maybe the high white blood cells in my urine were some kind of sign that I was getting PE. I never did feel like I had a UTI and the Dr's always said I had no bacteria.

Re: High white blood cell counts and pre-e

Posted: Tue Dec 13, 639560 7:50 am
So is it possible for a kidney infection to present as pre-e? Or would there be other symptoms that would make it easy to distinguish?

Re: High white blood cell counts and pre-e

Posted: Sun Dec 04, 639560 10:04 am
by ktsl123
That's interesting... When I was preg from the 8 weeks I was always told I have high Leukocytes (white blood cells) when they did the urine dip sticks at every check up. They actually sent me to the urologist because they believed I must have a uti infection even though there was no bacteria.

High white blood cell counts and pre-e

Posted: Tue Nov 22, 639560 9:36 am
This is my first post so I'm not sure where to start... I got preeclampsia with my first pregnancy and my daughter was delivered at 28 weeks. Luckily she's healthy and really had very few complictions after delivery (we were really lucky). We are planning on trying again this summer so I've been trying to find out as much as I can this time around. I Just got a copy of my lab work from the hospital and noticed that my wbc was really high.

12.9 k/ul
19.7 (day of delivery)
23.6 (day after delivery)

My husband said that he remembers the nurses saying that it was evidence that my immune system was trying to fight the baby but I can't really remember anything that the nurses said ( not sure if it's from the pre-e or if I just repressed a lot of it :). Anyways, I haven't been able to find anything regarding high white blood cell counts and pre-e which I find strange since that is one of the theories (the immune system fighting off the placenta that is). I figured that most women with pre-e would have high wbc counts. I'm wondering if anyone knows if this is a normal occurance.

Thanks!! I love the info on this site!