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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
24 years experience in Internal Medicine
Depends: The primary purpose of white blood cells (wbcs) is to fight infection. So, people with low white blood cell counts could be more susceptible to infect ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwi ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience in Psychiatry
Leukopenia: Recent infection such as flu, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, aplastic anemia, hiv, lupus, hodgkin's lymphoma, cancer, typhoid, malaria, tb, sepsis, ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Many: Depends on how low the count is and what other symptoms and signs are associated with it and what caused the low count. A common risk is propensity to ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
No: A person's white blood cell count depends on how the bone marrow functions. This is not affected by genetics.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
30 years experience in General Practice
HIGH WBC >10.5k: A normal white blood count (WBC) is in the range: 4k--10.5k (4000-10, 500) in most labs around the country. So any WBC >10.5k is elevated. I see ele ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Jin
Dr. David Jin answered
20 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Hematology workup: The elevation of these 2 parameters of the CBC (complete blood count) may reflect infection or inflammation. However, depending on the chronicity and ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
In most labs: Under 4 is considered low.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Leukopenia: Please consult this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/definition/SYM-20050615
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mandakini Patel
40 years experience in Pediatrics
Anemia: It could be a combination of low rbc count vs low heme (iron ) vs defective globin which is hte protein component of the hemoglobin. Talk to your doco ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Cause: There are some primary bone marrow problems that can raise WBC (eg, leukemias like cll) or platelets (pv, et). Far more likely is an inflammatory reac ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edward Gold
43 years experience in Internal Medicine
Not necessarily: White blood counts can be elevated as a result of an infection or inflammatory process. When this happens it is called a leukemoid reaction and is a ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allison Greco
8 years experience in General Practice
A few things: If your white cell count is elevated by itself, it typically means that you have some sort of infection. However, if both your red cells and white cel ... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
How high?: Which wbcs are high - neuts? Lymphs? How long? Clinical context? Meds?
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Hale Dimetry
8 years experience in Pharmacology
U r sick: It means you have an infection that your body is fighting....
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janice Olson
40 years experience in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
There are many.: Infections can sometimes cause low white blood cells - surprising to many because most people think of a high WBC in that case, but overwhelming bacte ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Need to know the: Actual results. Low hb may indicate blood loss and it needs to be investigated to rule out bleeding in the stomach and intestine, especially need to r ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Many: Primary or secondary blood disorder, infection, immunologic diseases, medication, and many other possibilities. Most causes would be treatable. ... Read More
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Long list: Please consult this site for information on this topic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/causes/sym-20050615
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Madhusudhan Dommeti
41 years experience in Internal Medicine
Infection: Invasion by foreign organism or disorder in the marrow production.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
23 years experience in Hematology and Oncology
Low white count : Symptoms are usually from underlying disease which lower white count like infections, lupus, arthritis, vasculitis, connective tissue diseases, b12, f ... Read More
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