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
- 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:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
White Blood Count - Monocyte Percentage [fraction]
→ 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: