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A 45-year-old member asked:

What does white blood cells mean if low?

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Dr. Mandakini Patel
Pediatrics 42 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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A 26-year-old female asked:

What causes low white blood cells?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 25 years experience
Many things: Could be normal variant. Medications, infections, specifically a virus. Chemotherapy can cause a low white count. Other causes can be malignant , such as a leukemia. However, it also depends on how long it has been low. Hope this helps.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are reasons why my white blood cells are low?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Hard to say!: Is this a new problem? Are you sick? On any new meds or supplements? Lots of things can cause a low white blood cell count. Any test, whether normal or not, has to be interpreted in light of the symptoms you are having. If this was found on a routine blood test and you feel fine, it may be nothing, and should be repeated later to see if it is still low. Talk to your doc on what followup to do
A female asked:

What does it mean if I have Enlarged White Blood Cells?

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Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
Too little info: The look analysis is usually done by a machine where the cells rapidly flow through a small tube. You should speak to your doc about all the factors they measured and the meanings of each.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

What does white blood cells mean if 18000?

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Dr. Corey Clay
Allergy and Immunology 11 years experience
A bit high: White blood cells roll along the sides of the blood vessels and release into the bloodstream if inflammatory signals occur (infection, injury, autoimmune disease, etc). It is usually transient and returns to normal as the inflammatory environment becomes quenched. The count usually must be higher and persist for longer (and is associated with telltale symptoms) before considering cancer or other
A 33-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when you have to many white blood cells?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 57 years experience
Leukocytosis: May mean infection, leukemia, inflammation systemically, high steroid levels. You need to integrate this value with clinical assessment. Cannot be interpreted without further info.

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