What is a average white blood cell count? My husbands is over 23,000!?

He is in ICU and very sick with some sort of infection, he have been sick for a while and started bleeding from his rectum, a lot, and was rushed to the ER, they admit him to ICU and said that his white blood cell count was over 23,000 How bad is that and what does it mean?
Answers:     A white cell count of 10,00 or more is very serious and spells infection to the unbeatable degree. If his white count is that high he must have something vastly serious, ask the doctor. Source(s): former Medlab Technologist supervisor.
a blood count between 3,000-10,000 is normal. Blood checks are done before chemotherapy treatments. One treatment our count was 23,000. My wife be sick and the oncologist recommended to skip the treatment and she prescribed a anti-biotic drug.
what is possibly going on is your husband immune system is fighting an attack of some virus in his body.

As far as doctors not being competent to diagnose what is wrong I cannot begin to answer that part of the question, I am NOT a doctor, but simply can relate to the possible cause of a high white blood count and what it could mean.

God bless,

Normal WBC count is 5,000-10,000. A glorious white blood cell count (leukocytosis) means that there is an increased production of white blood cells to quarrel an infection, reactions to a drug, a disease of bone marrow, or an immune system disorder.
only thing I can come up with of that is causing him to bleed from the rectum is iron deficiency anemia. Iron lesser amount anemia occurs when your body doesn't have enough iron, which is a drastically important component of your body. This generally means near is a decreased amount of Hgb which may lead to hypoxia (hard time breathing) and not a sufficient amount of blood or oxygen going to organs.

It's hard to let somebody know since there are no other lab values listed. What are his other labs like (Hgb, Hct, neutrophils, leukocytes, etc)?

This isn't done as often as it should be and could cause everything you've mentioned near the possible exception of kidney stones, but these aren't uncommon and could be unrelated.

If lyme disease goes untreated, the personality ends up with a variety of horrid symptoms that mimic other diseases and it can be a nightmare, since docs try to rule out before ruling surrounded by. Even if he's been tested in the past, I'd ask them to repeat it. It's becoming more and more adjectives and labs aren't infallible.

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