Hey, I've been having a lot of blood tests lately because of this problem I have where my face gets ridiculously red on and off all day for no apparent reason. So far everything has been normal/negative except my lymphocyte count is a little depressed, and I just found yesterday that a blood film (aka peripheral blood smear) showed neutrophils that exhibit 'toxic vacuolation'.
I Googled this and gathered it's either a bloodborne infection or a false positive caused by the sample sitting in EDTA too long.
Anyone here know how abnormal this is and how likely it is to be a false positive? I'm guessing I'd have problems other than a red face if I was septic.
I do have a doctor's appt on Monday to discuss this.
asked byNot_James (156)
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on February 29, 2012
at 08:52 PM
I expect if you had a blood borne infection, you would be seeing other symptoms. I wouldn't worry too much, and would wait for my discussion with my doctor. Trust me, if your doctor was worried, you'd be there today.