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is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

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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 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.
Answered on Aug 18, 2020
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
49 years experience Internal Medicine
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
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
11 years experience Internal Medicine
Could be: Depending on how low the count is and why you have low counts
Answered on Apr 13, 2020
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