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Why do I need to see a hematologist with a low white blood cell count

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Further evaluation: If the white blood cell count is very low, and at risk for infections, it may mean a disorder of blood production in the bone marrow.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience 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 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Black
24 years experience 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 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Leukopenia: Please consult this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/definition/SYM-20050615
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
21 years experience Pediatrics
Not always: Elevated white blood cell counts are more commonly associated with infections. However, if the number is remaining high, extremely high, or increasing ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Well: That type of doctor is the proper investigator. Hope you get an answer.
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A 53-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
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Low wbc: First is to repeat the blood work to confirm that low WBC is persistent. If it is significantly very low and especially if the other type of blood cou ... Read More
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Saving a life: To rule out life threatening cancers and/or infections.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
18 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Depends: Blood counts generally describe three types of cells. Anemia would be low red blood cell numbers, and this could be "low blood counts". But low bloo ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
The WBC is always: Elevated in the chronic leukemias - chronic myeloid (CML) and chronic lymphoid (cll). It can be low or very very high in the acute leukemias (aml and ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Need a workup: I am glad you are taking a proactive approach to your health. This can be many things and your physician has a duty to explain.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
No answer here: Leukemia patients can have low, normal and high wbc. Must have the clinical context, the other CBC numbers and especially the WBC differential.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Unrelated: 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 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
To understand WBC's: Cytochemistry can reveal WBC dysfunction. It is used in evaluating leukemias.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
It won't matter: As far as i know, food does not affect your white blood cell count. I'm puzzled as to why you need to increase your count.
A 53-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
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
37 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Blood loss anemia: People who have chronic blood loss will eventually become anemic due to iron deficiency. The body's response to blood loss is sometimes to increase pr ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Agos Luca
Dr. Agos Luca answered
Specializes in Pathology
Probably: If anemia is suspected after a consultation with your physician, it is probably a good idea to have a CBC (complete blood count) with differential as ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
To make diagnosis: Elevated blood cell count may indicate leukemia, a cancer of blood and seeing a hematologist/oncologist may be needed to make an accurate diagnosis.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aasim Sehbai
23 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Low white count: Causes include benign leukopenia, autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitides, myelodysplastic syndrome, nutritional deficiencies l ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
See a Hematologist : Low platelet counts (thrombocytopenia) may be due to multiple different problems including a rxn to medication or cancer, however it is most commonly ... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: It's fairly uncommon, more something you'll see in kids' leukemias. The cells are in the bone marrow but choose not to circulate. The key to leukemias ... Read More
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