Case 13 – the beginning

You are the surgical house officer and you are managing a 49 year old male who was admitted for an elective left hemicolectomy for colorectal cancer.  He has a past medical history of hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia.  He is an ex-smoker of 18 months.  Post operatively he suffers from pneumonia which is treated with antibiotics.  You are worried about his full blood count and the surgical registrar recommends a haematology referral.

  • Hb 91g/L
  • MCV 88fL
  • WCC 14.2×10*9/L
  • Neutrophils 12.2×10*9/L
  • Platelets 657×10*9/L


  • What are your thoughts?
  • What else would you do?
  • Further information needed?
  • If you were the haematology registrar what would you advise?

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