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Blood What's Bandemia and What's Left Shift?

in terms of WBC count, i never really know what, if any, these terms have in significance to the question.

clearly im missing a concept, could someone teach/refresh my memory a bit?

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well bandemia is excess of band cells...immature wbc's. [left shift usually occurs in bandemia]
if i remember correctly bandemia can occur with normal wbc count too..not necessarily associated with leukocytosis
left shift...increased ratio of immature to mature wbc's...
look at it this way..
increased bands and neutrophils...infections
increased neutrophils...inflammation
increased bands...usually implies a leukemia producing bands ..
right shift...increased mature to immature ratio...indicates depressed bone marrow.
please correct me if i am wrong..
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Based on what I know, it basically means - Immature neutrophils

look at this:
https://www1.imperial.ac.uk/resource...-2AE58DAD7A6F/

now imagine you are moving towards the Left (i.e immature neutrophils) side

Significance - I'm not sure but I always thought it signifies infection or something that's causing the body to rapidly make lots of neutrophils..and so you see a lot of baby neutrophils around.
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Like everyone's said above, bandemia is an increase in immature neutrophil forms as a response to infection/inflammation which triggers increased production of neutrophils.

Significance would be similar to a raised leukocyte i'd say. Indicative of infection/inflammation/stressors.
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