• What are immature granulocytes?

    Asked by MelMom on Saturday, April 20, 2013

    What are immature granulocytes?

    I found this term in my reports and don't remember the Doctor saying anything about it.

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      What a great question and I salute you for asking it. A Granulocyte is a type of immune cell, a Myeloid cell that contains cytoplasmic granules that destroy invaders. The most common granulocytes are Neutrophils, Eosinophils and Basinophils. When a white cell is immature, it just means that they are newly replaced white cells, and this alerts a doctor to bone marrow activity because these cells are produced in the marrow. White blood cells circulate in the blood to search for an invader. In the blood stream they only last about 10-12 hours, then they die off and are replenished. Granulocytes, roll along blood vessel walls in search of bacteria to engulf and if they find one they come out of the vessel and attack the bacteria by releasing those granules that then punch holes in the invader. Some come out of the marrow not quite fully developed, and those are the immature ones or granuloblasts. I hope it clarifies the statement for you. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 2 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Contact your oncologist and tell her/him about reading the report and ask for a full explanation about what it means. Communication with your team is key for a collaborative relationship. People are only human and they sometimes do forget to mention things. I always tell my oncologist when we go over my results "you know I read the reports after I get home, is there anything you think that might freak me out, that you forgot to mention?"

      over 2 years ago

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