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   Posted 9/22/2010 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I had some bloodwork done and I just went to pick up my results at the lab because I canceled my appt with the doctor. I always like to get a copy for my records. I was look through it and saw under the CBC section ABS NEUTRO CNT never saw that before anyone know what that is or what it means? It doesn't say if it's high or low.... THANK YOU!
ABS NEUTRO CNT 4.71        10^3/UL
Absolute Neutrophil Count Calculated

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   Posted 9/22/2010 12:31 PM (GMT -7)   
You can go to and it will tell you what this test is for. Good luck!
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   Posted 9/22/2010 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
A lot of questions like this can be solved by googling the term you are looking for. Googling "Absolute neutrophil count" led me to this wikipedia page It looks like the ANC is a count of a type of white blood cell.

According to wikipedia, a number above 1.5x10^3 would be considered normal. So your count of 10^3 is below normal, but better than the count of 0.5x10^3 which appears to be the threshold for severe neotropenia. According to some of the other links that came up with this search, this may leave you slightly more susceptible to infection.

As always, the safest route is always to ask your doctor. :)

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   Posted 9/22/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both! I did google it but at first I was googling ABS NEUTRO CNT not the acutal Absolute Neutrophil Count. I think I'm slowing losing some brain cells... ;) THANK YOU!!
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   Posted 9/22/2010 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
There will be two ways that neutrophils should be reported on your CBC results. As a % and as an absolute count. The % may say Polys(Segs) rather than neutrophils.

To understand your results you must look at both numbers. Your ABS count can be off but your % count can be OK and vice versa or both can be off.

If the % is off it may not be because the ABS Neutrophil count is low or high. It may be that another type of white blood cell is too high or too low. That throws the %s off. That's when you look at the ABS count and see if that is also abnormal. The various ratios and combinations tell the docs different things depending on the particular findings.

Usually on lab reports the lab gives a range for the ABS neutrophil count but not for the % since the % normal varies so much between patients.

Labtestsonline will not tell you the range for the ABS neutrophil count. That's because the normal range for all lab tests varies between labs depending on their protocols and test kits, etc. Normal ranges also vary according to gender, age and sometimes even race.

So it is impossible to tell you for sure whether your result of 4.71 ABS neutrophil count is normal.

I can tell you that both the labs we use give a normal range of 1.8 to 8.0 for ABS neutrophil count.

So it is likely that this result is within the normal range.
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Post Edited (rlsnights) : 9/22/2010 4:45:16 PM (GMT-6)

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