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I have an elevated monocyte index - 18.7% and ESR 44. What could be the reason? What other research should be done to find out the cause?

Monocytes are called so-called food cells responsible for the removal of old, degenerated cells, denatured proteins and antigen-antibody complexes from the body. Due to these properties, they play an important role in the body's immune defenses. Increase in monocytes (monocytic) levels which can be caused by several disease states such as bacterial infections, infectious mononucleosis, protozoan infection, inflammatory reactions, blood disorders, and recovery from acute infections. What the cause may be in your case can only be determined by a doctor after examination in the office and, if necessary, performing other additional tests. I encourage you to report to your family doctor for a consultation.
Regards Dr. Krystyna Knypl

Remember that our expert's answer is informative and will not replace a visit to the doctor.

Krystyna Knypl

Internist, hypertensiologist, editor-in-chief of "Gazeta dla Lekarzy".

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