Elevated WBC

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Hello all, Last week my 14 year old daughter was not feeling well, throwing up, feeling very sick.  She was up all night, and finally around 6 am, I drove her to the ER.  They did a chest xray, an abdominal CT Scan (to check appendix, etc.), and bloodwork, and urinalysis.  The doctor that checked her in, stated that her WBC was slightly elevated, he left when his shift ended, and another doctor, came in to dismiss her.  He didn't mention the elevated WBC, until I asked about it.  He said it was not that elevated, it was a 12.8, and he said he was not concerned, that the rest of her blood work was fine.  Google got the best of me, and everything about elevated WBC mentions Lieukemia!  It scared me.  I then called my daughters primary doctor, who requested the bloodwork, and the rest of the reports.  I told her my concerns and she said she would call me back once she read the results herself.  She called me back and said she is not concerned. I asked about the urinalysis, and she said it was a +1, but did grow anything on culture, so there was no need for antibiotic.   It has been a week, and my daughter feels better.  I do not know how to handle the elevated WBC.  If I should accept it as what it was and just move on?  I do not want to harp on it if there is no need, but I've never dealt with this before.  Thank you all for any advice, reassurance. 

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    I did find a couple charts online that listed teenagers as having a range up to 13 on WBC.  I know adults normal range is up to 11.  Wasn't sure if kids have higher WBC counts that are normal.

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    Your doctor is right..it is bearly elevated.  Also, being your daughter was sick with an apperant virus, flu, bug..ect. then it is perfectly normal for her WBC count to be elevated.  Her body is doing exactly what it is suppose to do and is making more WBC's in order to get rid of and kill off the bad virus/bacteria that made her sick.  It's all normal.   That is the job of our WBC's!  The body is amazing!  So, do not worry anymore, as there is nothing to worry about.  She should feel better in another day or two, if not already and then her WBC's will slowly go back down to her normal baseline.

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