White blood cell levels during miscarriage


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Reply Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 5:29am
Dr. Braverman,I have suffered 6 early losses in the last 2.5 years. During my last miscarriage (was slow developing the entire pregnancy, but finally miscarried at 7.5 weeks), my OB-GYN ran bloodwork to monitor my HCG level down to zero. In addition to monitiring HCG, she also ran tests on my white blood cell levels.I noticed that my neutrophil level was flagged as "low" at 32 percent, and my lymphs level was marked as "high" at 58 percent. I was not sick at the time and had no known infections.

Could this possibly suggest that my immune system was having a negative reaction to the pregnacy? From what I have read, neutrophil levels tend to go up, not down, during pregnancy.Thanks.

Dr. Braverman

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RE: White blood cell levels during miscarriage Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 7:04am
I would need more testing than that to draw a conclusion , especially from just one blood test. I dont think you can make a definitive statement from the high lymph percentage unless there was a dramatic rise in the pathologic components i.e. NK, NKT or some activated T cell component.
Dr. Jeffrey Braverman MD FACOG
Medical Director
Braverman Reproductive Immunology P.C.