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what can cause white blood cells to be low

A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience Pediatrics
Low white cell count: Viral infections often cause leukopenia (low white blood cell count). Other causes: depressed bone marrow, poisoning, chemical burns, malnutrition, ch ... Read More
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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Dr. Ed Kaplan answered
38 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many causes: Depends, but most common is probably from viral infection. Many other possibilities including drugs, leukemia, other infections, benign cyclic changes ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many things: Could be normal variant. Medications, infections, specifically a virus. Chemotherapy can cause a low white count. Other causes can be malignant , ... Read More
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
What is the actual: Count. Normal white cell count can range from 3-4 at the lower end to about 11 at the upper end. Also one needs a differential count and levels of hem ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Yes, but How high?: What is your WBC count? Both physical and mental stress can cause elevation of WBC count, but it is prudent to exclude other causes, such as infection ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Unlikely: Unless the cyst is infected, pushing on another area and creating inflammation or it is malignant it is unlikely to produce systemic leukocytosis.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many causes: A low white blood count has many possible causes. It can be related to medications, other medical conditions. It needs to be evaluated by a physician ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many causes.: Low WBC can be due to nutritional factors, infections (esp. Viral infections), autoimmune diseases, inhereted defects, leukemias and other bone marrow ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Not directly: However, certain diseases that cause a high white count can also cause fatigue.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Fred McCurdy
44 years experience Pediatric Nephrology and Dialysis
Failure to thrive: At first glance i would say this indicates some type of malnutrition either due to some type of dietary deficiency or failure of the gut to absorb wha ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
55 years experience Pediatrics
Low white cell count: Viral infections often cause leukopenia (low white blood cell count). Other causes: depressed bone marrow, poisoning, chemical burns, malnutrition, c ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Unger
40 years experience Family Medicine
No: No.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Old age: Red cells have a limited life span of only about 120 days. Some disorders shorten the life span of red cells, e.g., auto-immune hemolytic anemia, hemo ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Lack of iron: Iron deficiency is commonest cause of small red cells. Visit this site for more info: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007305.htm
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
WBC is often: Elevated in an inflammatory condition such as pancreatitis. The HGB may just be reflective of dehydration.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Marius Frasie
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Many causes,: see a doctor for a thorough history and examination, will likely need more testing and repeated white cell count.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Anemia can be due to: Low red blood count is best measured as hemoglobin(hb) level. Normal hb level is over 12 grams. If yours is below 12 grams, go see your doctor as you ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Rubenstein
44 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Depends.: Improving a low WBC would depend on the cause. The WBC is controlled by a hormone (g-csf) normally, and this is available as a medication that can be ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eduardo Haddad
45 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Leukemia: Bone marrow malignancies involving the myeloid cells will cause abnormal growth of a certain clone of white cells and inhibit the proliferation of nor ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Diede
28 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Possibilities...: Viral infection causing bone marrow suppression. Once the body fights off the virus, the bone marrow recovers and the anemia and leukopenia resolve. M ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Callaghan
52 years experience Addiction Medicine
Depends.: When you have a high white count, it is usually a sign that your body is reacting to so,me type of infection which maybe accompanied by high fever an ... Read More
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
It depends on how: Much of an increase is seen. A possibility would be myeloproliferative disease such as polycythemia ruba vera.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Many things: It may be a developmental defect, severe infection, chemotherapy, bone marrow fibrosis, auto-immune disorders and more. You may consult this site for ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Maybe: At your age, leukemia usually shows a high white count. However, anemia is ALWAYS serious and worth investigating. WBC and platelets values only somew ... Read More
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