What is the role of a WBC count in the workup of pediatric pneumococcal infections?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Meera Varman, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Elevated WBC count and differential showing a high band count or left shift may suggest bacterial infection.

Young children with a WBC count greater than 15,000 cells/mL and/or an absolute band count greater than 1500/mcL have an increased likelihood of occult bacteremia.

WBC count may be low in children with meningitis and other severe pneumococcal infections.


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