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November 6, 2023

Immature Granulocytes Could Mean Trouble

Immature granulocytes (IGs) are early-stage white blood cells that increase in the body when there's an infection or inflammation. When these IGs are high, it often suggests a severe condition like sepsis, pancreatitis, appendicitis, and even more severe cases of illnesses like COVID-19. Interestingly, these cells can also rise with conditions outside of infections, like cancer, stress to the body, or even during pregnancy. On the flip side, if someone has low or no IGs, it typically means they are healthy or don't have a severe infection. Studies have shown that measuring IGs can give doctors an early clue about how severe an illness might be, which can help with quicker treatment decisions.

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