I believe that when they are speaking of HCT they are referring to your Hematocrit. Hope this helps. I don't know much other than that and the fact it is a part of your blood count - I believe it determines your iron level but I am not sure. When I have had low hematocrits I have had to have blood transfusions...but they were very low.
>----- Original Message -----
From: Helen Dynda <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <email@example.com> Sent: Tuesday, February 15, 2000 12:07 PM Subject: Re: CBC Lymph count
> Karen, what is USHC?
> At Tue, 15 Feb 2000, Karen Kaplan wrote:
> >My Lymphocyte test from when I was in the hospital was low when I had a
high > >fever for two days after surgery.
> >Lymphocyte normal is 15-40%, mine was 9-13%
> >WBC (White Blood count?) normal: 4-11 uL, mine was 11.9 - 16 uL
> >Neutrophils normal 40-80%, mine was 82-86%
> >No ESR test.
> >Does anyone know what HCT is? Mine was high before my surgery and low
when > >they stopped checking 48 hours after surgery.
> >Also, does anyone know how to find out whether USHC dictates what kind of
> >testing they will reimburse for?
> >I just noticed that no biopsy was done when I had my first bleeding
episode > >in 1998. Instead, a pap smear was done. At least that is the only test
> >from that date. I thought he was doing a biopsy, and it sure hurt. I
> >wonder whether USHC discourags biopsies through reimbursement policies
until > >there are two bleeding episodes.
> >Any suggestions?
>> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: Helen Dynda <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >To: Multiple recipients of list ADHESIONS <email@example.com>
> >Sent: Monday, February 14, 2000 5:59 PM
> >Subject: Re: CBC Lymph count
> >> Tina, Thanks for sharing from your medical background!!
> >> In your last paragraph you said: "In our situation, knowing that
> >> adhesions can be causing inflammation, I have to wonder if the lymp
> >> count is elevated in response to that."
> >> I am not a medical professional but I am inclined to believe your
> >> theory; because my ESR (Blood Sedimentation Rate)seems to stay
> >> consistently in the mid-80's. A normal ESR is someplace in the 20's or
> >> low 30's. Is that correct, Tina?
> >> NEVER has there been any concern shown by a physician in regard to that
> >> reading. Since physicians have never shown concern about my elevated
> >> ESR, why do they even order that test at all?
> >> ````````````````````````````````````
> >> At Mon, 14 Feb 2000, Tina Shelby wrote:
> >> Sorry to have taken so long to write back. I've been away from my
> >> computer so I am trying to get caught up. I wanted to discuss the
> >> purpose of lymphocytes in our bodies and what can cause them to be
> >> elevated.
> >> Lymphocytes are part of the white blood cell type. They travel to
areas > >> of inflammation and will be increased with diseases such as mono, viral
> >> infections, must viral upper respiratory infections, mumps, rebella,
> >> rubeola, hepatitis and some bacterial infections such as tuberculosis,
> >> and
> >> syphilis.
> >> In our situation, knowing that adhesions can be causing inflammation, I
> >> have to wonder if the lymp count is elevated in response to that. I
see > >> another potentially great research question/project.
> >> Tina