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A 40-year-old member asked:

for 5 years, my white blood cell count has been elevated. should i see a specialist to investigate further why?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
May be: 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. Having said that, if you were to provide the actual results it may be feasible to render an opinion.

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A 23-year-old member asked:

What symptoms are often associated with a high white blood cell count?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Depends on reason: High white blood cell (WBC) count is the body's response to physical stress or infection. Symptoms (eg fever) generally are from the underlying cause of high WBC rather than from the high WBC itself. Reasons for elevated WBC can include infection, blood/bone marrow disorder, cancer, and treatment with steroids like prednisone. Sometimes, a WBC may be somewhat high with no clear reason or symptom.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is a high white blood cell count hereditary?

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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.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Is fatigues a result of low white blood cell count?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Possible: Low white cell count may decrease resistance to infections. The person may get colds easily. It is usually low red blood cell count that results to fatigue.
A 24-year-old member asked:

Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
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 infections. However, it depends on why the wbcs are low. Some people simply have low WBC counts and live normal lives. Others could have an underlying problem causing the low counts.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine 50 years experience
Low white blood cell count is medically known as 'leukopenia' (Latin: leuko=white, penia=paucity or low). {most medical terms have roots in Latin). Other causes could include connective tissue disease (such as systemic lupus erythemattosis--SLE), myelofibrosis of speen and liver, many chemotherapuetic agents (agents which kill the fastest dividing cells, which are usually the cancer cells).
Apr 12, 2012
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A 38-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
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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