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What are monocytes?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A type of white blood cell involved in the immune response to foreign substances, monocytes are often increased in response to chronic infection, inflammatory bowel disease, leukemia, and certain cancers. They may be decreased in people who have anemia or are taking corticosteroids. Monocytes help to remove necrotic tissues and account for 3 to 11 percent of circulating white blood cells.

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