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My mother had bilateral mastectomy last week and has had fevers ever since. Her white blood cell count is at 47? Is that bad? Going in for her 3rd surgery today.

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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I am sorry but do not know what is normal for blood counts but if she is running a fever, that does not sound good to me. This is something she needs to talk to her surgeon about asap. It also sounds like she may need to be on some kind of antibiotic. Take care, Sharon
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  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2012
    A normal white blood cell count is around 10,000. I assume your mom's is 47,000. With a high white cell count and a fever it sounds like your mom has an infection going on. (I was a nurse in a former life.) She needs to reach out to her doctors ASAP. If she can't reach them, and depending on how bad she feels, you might want to consider going to the ER at a hospital with which her doctor is affiliated. Be sure she wears a mask (you can get one at a drug store). She probably needs to have blood work and other tests to figure out what's going on. Keep us posted, and please continue to ask any questions you might have.
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    • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      I went back and read your question again. i missed the part about having surgery today. Did she have it? If so, did they run any tests beforehand?

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    • Maria H Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank you for your response! Yes she did go back into surgery and had to have her skin flaps removed ( they believe that's the infection) however, that was her 3rd surgery and they are now saying she will be going in for another couple surgeries...

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      Thank you for your response! Yes she did go back into surgery and had to have her skin flaps removed ( they believe that's the infection) however, that was her 3rd surgery and they are now saying she will be going in for another couple surgeries and still her fever has not gown down. Thanks again for your response I'm hoping they fun her resolution soon.

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