Oct 10, 2006
My absolute lymphocyte value is 4243. What does this mean? Thanks.
| Response from Dr. Young
Thanks for your post.
Lymphocytes are one type of white blood cell. CD4s represent a large part of the lymphocyte population.
The absolute lymphocyte count (ALC) is a measure of how many lymphocytes there are in the blood; in countries where CD4 counts are not available, the ALC is sometimes used as a substitute marker for CD4s. While not the most accurate, an ALC less than 1200 roughly corresponds to a CD4 of less than 200 cells; an ALC of 1700 is about the same as a CD4 count of 350.
So, in your case, an ALC of 4200 means that you likely have a normal CD4 count.
I hope this helps. BY
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