Case 100 (part C) – the beginning

You are in a GP surgery and are asked to perform a full blood count on a 60 year old male who is awaiting a knee replacement for osteoarthritis. He has a past history of glaucoma, hypertension and a myocardial infarction a few years ago.

  • Hb 147g/l (115-165)
  • MCV 95fl (82-98)
  • WCC 10.4×109/l (4-11)
  • Neutrophils 3.7×109/l (1.7-7.5)
  • Lymphocytes 5.8×109/l  (1.5-4.5)
  • Monocytes 0.6 ×109/l  (0.2-1.0)
  • Eosinophils 0.2 ×109/l  (0-0.5)
  • Basophils 0.1 ×109/l  (0-0.1)
  • Platelets 252×109/l (150-450)



  • How would you approach this problem?
  • What further information would you like to know or would you ask the patient?
  • What do you tell the patient?

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