Your Monocyte Count

What Causes Abnormal Monocyte Count?

Abnormal monocyte count can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose abnormal monocyte count, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "abnormal monocyte count" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Parasite Infection
  • Tuberculosis
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Infectious Mononucleosis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
dark areas under eyes
tuberculosis in family members
elevated lymphocyte count
frequent swollen inguinal nodes
current GI infection/parasite
low serum iron
highly elevated lymphocyte count
having a moderate fever
highly elevated eosinophil count
current atypical headaches
minor problem with cysts
multiple painful inguinal nodes
... and more than 20 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal monocyte count:
Cause Probability Status
Parasite Infection 97% Confirm
Tuberculosis 16% Unlikely
Chronic Inflammation 4% Ruled out
Infectious Mononucleosis 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
White Blood Count - Monocyte Percentage [fraction]
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Under 4% [0.04] (low)
→ 4 to 10% [0.04-0.10] (normal)
→ 11 to 15% [0.11-0.15] (elevated)
→ Over 15% [0.15] (high)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate low monocyte count, normal monocyte count, elevated monocyte count or highly elevated monocyte count, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as: