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What does it mean when your white blood cell count is low?

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Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
Urology 9 years experience
White count: How low?, maybe nothing, maybe a viral infection, leukemia can give you low or high white count, large spleen, anemia, bone marrow disease.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

They said low white blood cell count, what does this mean?

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Dr. Kelty Baker
Hematology 28 years experience
Leukopenia: A low white cell count can be caused by many things. Some people have low white cells due to a medication they are taking. Others are born with it. Others develop it because of dangerous conditions such as leukemia, viral infection, or autoimmune disease. Please consult with a hematologist to determine what form of leukopenia you have so that an appropriate treatment can be given (if necessary).
A 34-year-old member asked:

What exactly does it mean to have a low white blood cell count?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Leukopenia: Wbcs either being destroyed by virus or severe bacterial infections; medication such as chemotherapy, some antibiotics or diuretics; overactive spleen. Or underproduction as a primary effect as in aplastic anemia or suppression of production of wbcs by bone marrow as in some cancers & leukemias, overwhelming infection, hiv/aids, some parastitic diseases, radiation therapy & malnutrition.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Is it bad to have a low white blood cell count? And what does it mean?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Not usually: A low white count is present in about 15% of the population and usually has no clinical significance. Discuss the result with your doctor.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What does a white blood cell count mean if 16?

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Dr. Aasim Sehbai
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
White count: 16 or 16, 000 white count is elevated and can happen from infection, inflammation or other causes.
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A 20-year-old female asked:

What does having a white blood cell count of 22 mean?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Need differential : Count. White cell count of 22 is elevated. Average upper limit is about 11. However, there are many different types of white blood cells and a differential count is neede for proper interpretation. If it is your count, it likely means a bacterial infection, however, you need to discuss it with the doctor who ordered the test.

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