Originally Posted by stephanietx
We took Hannah in to be spayed yesterday and also asked for them to do blood work on her since the last time they did it she was so sick with an URI. She's still not 100% over the URI, but she's much, much better. When we picked her up today, they gave me her blood test results, but no explanation and everyone who knew something was in surgery. Can anybody help?
WBC 20.02 (low)
MONO 1.98 (high)
NEU 12.56 (high)
EOS 1.16 (high)
BASO 0.13 (high)
HCT 26.5 (low)
MCV 38.9 (low)
Thanks so much!
Mono = monocytes
Neu = neutrophils
Eos = eosinophils
Baso = basophils
lymphocytes (which you didn't list)
(all 5 types together are referred to as the white blood cell differential)
All are types of white blood cells. At least for humans, we have mostly neutrophils - somewhere between 40-70%. Most of the rest of the white blood cells are lymphocytes (which I didn't see in your list) - about 20-50%. The rest are seen in very small numbers. The numbers you list need a range associated with them - if the upper limit of, let's say, monocytes, was 1.95, then the value you have of 1.98 is really not so high afterall. So if you have ranges, that might make you feel a little better. Also, some people have different baselines depending on their own personal physiology. For example, even in a non-infection state, I think I have more eosinophils than the "average" person. However, that doesn't adversely impact my health.
As for the MCV, that stands for mean corpuscle volume, which is a measure of the average (hence, mean) size of red blood cells. A higher than normal MCV means that the red blood cells are larger than normal; the opposite is true for the low MCV. Sometimes, the changes in red blood cell size have the do with anemia.
The HCT, or hematocrit, is the percentage of your blood that is composed of red blood cells. A low HCT can be an indicator of anemia. A typical reference range for humans is 39-49%; I don't know what it is for cats - I only know that value since my HCT is always low.
Hope that helps... this is much better than writing my thesis...