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what does a low granulocyte count mean

A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Many reasons: There are many reasons for low neutrophil counts. Neutrophils are bacteria-fighting white blood cells. Medications, bone marrow disorders, and other h ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
36 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Blood cells: These are types of white blood cells, part of the immune system. Basophils are present in very low concentrations, so it would be very unusual to have ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need numbers: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Low neutrophil count: = Neutropenia = low white blood cell. White blood cells help to fight infections.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Context: I can drive my own neutrophil count to levels that would make my colleagues worry about leukemia simply by spending fifteen minutes swimming in the la ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Corey Clay
9 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Typically: nothing. It is a normal finding. Cells are sensitive to corticosteroids, so could also mean recent prednisone treatment.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
34 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Low RBC means your red blood cell count is low. It could be from exessive loss, or inadequate production. There are other tests which coud help deter ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Lab error or real: The platelets are fragile & subject to clumping in the specimen& that drops the count. Repeating a level would be prudent on a random low count. True ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Seth Cook
Dr. Seth Cook answered
25 years experience Pathology
It is not specific.: Increased monocytes may be caused by many different disorders. The most common causes are infection and recovery from neutropenia (low neutrophils in ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience Hematology
Thrombocytosis: A high platelet count can be seen in many different conditions, both benign and malignant: iron deficiency anemia, following splenectomy and other typ ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
CBC: Basophils are a type of white blood cell that kill gerns. High basophil count means that there are a higher percentage than normal in a complete blood ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Nothing: There are no diseases that cause low bilirubin levels.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Welker
26 years experience General Surgery
Folic acid deficient: Is one of the most common reasons; there are literally hundreds of others. You might start by taking a daily multivitamin, but i it doesn't work you ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Hammond
48 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Depends: This depends upon what is abnormal. If the percentages of lymphs are low and monos high, it is likely that some stress has caused an increase of corti ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
How low?: A low white cell count could predispose a person to infections. The reason for low white cell count may be bone marrow malfunction, excessive destruct ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
May be infection: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
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Dr. Nela Cordero
53 years experience Pediatrics
EPITHELLIUM: Or skin cells could be too much exfoliation from the outer skin covering of the body.
A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Maybe nothing: Additional info is needed to comment on a low neutrophil and lymphocyte count. How low? Are the monocytes, eosinophils, or basophils elevated? What is ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Thompson
19 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Low cells: A "low blood count" usually means a low value or # of cells in the CBC (complete blood count). There are many numbers in a cbc, but the main ones are ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Christian Schultheis
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Mild anemia: Need more information, such as hemoglobin, hematocrit and MCV. Hope this helps.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
How high?: All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. A high ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kelty Baker
27 years experience Hematology
Thrombocytosis: The most common cause of an elevated platelet count is iron deficiency anemia. Some people are born with thrombocytosis. Other causes include chronic ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Big picture: Low hemoglobin always requires a workup. It may be anything from lack of iron in the diet to replace losses from your periods to a minor hereditary it ... Read More

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