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What is a normal WBC count?

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Sources differ slightly on what white blood cell count (WBC) range is considered normal for adults. The National Institutes of Health define a normal adult range as 4,500-10,000 white blood cells per microliter, and the Mayo Clinic defines a normal adult range as 3,500-10,500 white blood cells per microliter.

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What is a normal WBC count?
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Wikipedia cites sources that variously define lower limits for adults from 3,500 to 4,500 cells per microliter and upper limits for adults from 9,000 to 11,000 cells per microliter. The National Institutes of Health note that some differences in normal ranges may be attributable to varying laboratory practices.

Healthline notes that normal ranges for infants are higher than the normal ranges for adults, with Wikipedia giving the upper limit for newborns as 30,000 cells per microliter.

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