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A 56-year-old member asked:

What are white blood cells?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Fight infections: White blood cells are the cells in our body that fight infections. There are five types of white blood cells: lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, and basophils. Each plays a specific role in the defense mechanisms of the human body.
Dr. Leila Wing
Dr. Leila Winganswered
Internal Medicine 15 years experience
Infection fighting: The white blood cells (leukocytes) are infection fighting cells.
Dr. inderjit Deol
Pathology 42 years experience
White blood cells (WBC) are component of blood cells. Other components are red blood cell and platelets. WBC includes lymphocytes which can be B-cell or T-cell types and generally, they fight infection.
May 29, 2015
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
See below: Fight infections. Prevent tumors. Remove dead and degenerating cells as normal part of growth and tissue turnover.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

Can you clone white blood cells?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
Hematology and Oncology 46 years experience
Yes.: A bone marrow transplant is essentially collecting the stem cells that grow into white cells red cells and platelets and then giving them to a recipient where the cells grow out into a new source of blood. That is in essence cloning white cells.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What do these blood cells do?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Medical Oncology 35 years experience
Fight infection: They do many things. The granulocytes are the first line of defense and fight infection. The red blood cells carry oxygen from the lungs to the entire body and the platelets help blood clot and repair leaks that often occur in blood vessels. All 3 cell lines originate in the bone marrow and enter the blood stream when they are mature.
A member asked:

Too many white blood cells?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 29 years experience
One word: Leucocytosis...Need more information in order to be more specific.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What causes a decrease in white blood cells?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Many things: Medication, viral infection, primary blood disease such as leukemia or myelodysplastic syndrome for a start.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What do you think I should do to get my white blood cells up?

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Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Need to know: Why it is low, and how low in order to make a plan.

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