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what does white blood cells mean if low?

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Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Low WBC: It could either mean your body is producing less or your body is using up more, it isusually the first one though. You should see your doctor asap if you suspect this. It should not be ignored as it could be serious.

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Should I bank my baby's cord blood?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Yes: That's actually a great idea. Stem cells from cord blood can be used to treat a number of conditions in both the child and other family members, and the number of such uses is growing exponentially.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
I would suggest public banking. 1) cheaper (free), 2) provides utility for a broader group of people than just your child or family.
Jul 24, 2013
Dr. Herbert Duvivier
Hematology and Oncology 33 years experience
I agree with both the above comments. Given the increasing use of stem cells I don't believe you can go wrong.
Sep 9, 2013
Dr. Maulik Shah
Dr. Maulik Shah commented
Clinical Genetics 24 years experience
Not necessarily. Cord blood banking is quite expensive and the number of disorders for which the cord blood may be used later is quite small. If you have the financial means then it is a good idea . However, cord blood allografts (from unrelated donors) are becoming more common with good results so always donate but don't fall prey to scare tactics in banking cord blood.
Sep 14, 2013
A 46-year-old member asked:

I have hemochromatosis - can I donate blood?

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Dr. Jeffrey Crespin
Gastroenterology 28 years experience
No: Unfortunately, the red cross does not allow this blood to be donated even though there is nothing wrong with the blood. However, certain bacteria thrive on iron and that may be the red cross's rational.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the names of some vaasodilators that acting dircetly on blood vessels?

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Dr. Christiaan Maurer
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Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Many: Cialis, viagra, levitra, (vardenafil) beta blockers (metoprolol), calcium channel blockers (verapamil, amlodipine), bystolic.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can it be normal to have some lumps of blood in your period?

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Dr. Prerana Sangani
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: The clumps are normal. Each period is the lining your endometrium that is shedding so sometimes it can be in the form of larger clots or lumps.
A 38-year-old member asked:

My doctor rang me today say I have a low white blood cells what could this mean?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Many possibles: It could mean you had a recent viral illness, or it could mean your immune system is struggling for some reason right now, it could be your normal or it could be a more serious disease. Isolated numbers don't mean anything. Must be taken in context of other symptoms and why it was checked in the first place, and is just one piece of a puzzle in figuring out what is going on with you.

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