WBC and total lymphocytes
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Normal: Above 1800
The total lymphocyte count reflects the number of circulating lymphocytes, most of which are T cells. Tissues generating T cells are very sensitive to malnutrition and undergo involution with a decrease in lymphocyte production. TLC is estimated from WBC and differential: (% lymphocytes X total WBC) / 100.
Low TLC: Less than 800
Low total lymphocyte count is not associated with specific symptoms or signs.
Mild deficit: 1200 to 2000
Moderate deficit 800 to 1200
Severe deficit: Less than 800
Optimal re-feeding leads to a gradual increase in total lymphocyte count.
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