Diagnostic utility of white blood cell and differential cell counts

Am J Dis Child. 1975 Oct;129(10):1183-9. doi: 10.1001/archpedi.1975.02120470033008.

Abstract

The white blood cell count, the differential cell count, and morphological changes in leukocytes can provide valuable diagnostic information that can aid the physician in determining the cause of illness. These simple laboratory tests, all too frequently either abused or ignored, when employed with precision can supplement but not supplant clinical judgment.

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones / pharmacology
  • Asthma / diagnosis
  • Bacterial Infections / blood
  • Bacterial Infections / diagnosis*
  • Child
  • Eosinophilia / diagnosis
  • Epinephrine / pharmacology
  • Hemorrhage / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / blood
  • Infant, Newborn, Diseases / diagnosis
  • Leukocyte Count*
  • Leukocytes / drug effects
  • Leukocytosis / diagnosis
  • Neutrophils
  • Physical Exertion

Substances

  • Adrenal Cortex Hormones
  • Epinephrine