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