Are low lymphocytes on a CBC a concern?

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Question from Judy:

My lymphocytes are low on a CBC done last week while I was undergoing surgery for kidney stone. Should I be concerned?

Answer from Dr. Leclair:

It depends on what "low" means.  There are two types of lymphocyte numbers. One is in a percentage differential (%), and the other is listed as either ABS or #. Ignore the % number and look at the ABS/#. If the lymphocyte value there is less than .8 or 800, then it could mean that something is suppressing your immune system. If, on the other hand, the lymphocyte value is between .8 and 50, then what you have is an increase in granulocytes/neutrophils that, in a seesaw fashion, cause the percentages to be skewed.

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