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Physicians’ Lab Update / Newsletter

LifeLabs is pleased to announce reporting of immature granulocyte (IG) count as part of the automated 6-part white blood cell differential. The IG count adds additional value to our previous 5-part differential by providing quantitative measurement of immature granulocytes (metamyelocytes, myelocytes and promyelocytes). An elevated IG count suggests inflammatory disorders, infection or sepsis; however, diagnosis requires correlation with a patient’s clinical presentation as IGs may also be seen in other conditions such as drug therapy (glucocorticoids, chemotherapy), pregnancy, tissue damage and hematologic disorders.

Dr. Ekram Zayed, Hematopathologist

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