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Can Cyclic Leukopenia Develop Into Something More Serious
Need monitoring: The long-term concern is for major infections and sepsis episodes developing in these patients. Also, since these patients can be treated with g-csf injections there is concern for development of leukemias which are seen in patients with severe congenital neutropenia ( a related but different disorder). ...Read more
Low white blood cell: Leukopenia is a general term for a low white blood cell count(wbc). That is all leukopenia means, it doesn't say anything about why there is are few wbcs. Often a mild leukopenia is from viral infections, and the typical thing to do is to recheck to see if it goes up. Severe leukopenia is managed emergently, sometimes in hospital. The next step is usually to be referred to a hematologist. ...Read more
Transient, temporary: Leukopenia is low white blood cell count ( checked on a simple CBC, blood count test) This is common with viral illnesses such as the flu. viral condition goes away and so does the leukopenia. following chemotherapy , white cell count drops and recovers ( transient) ...Read more
No: Leukopenia (white blood cells in the blood are fewer than normal) does not cause reduction a child's final height. However, if the leukopenia was severe, and the child had persistent or recurrent infections throughout childhood, he might not grow as tall due to having chronic illnesses. In an adult, leukopenia does not make him shorter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It obviously depends: On the cuase. If it is related to medication then the medication can be reduced or stopped. If it is due to infection that hopefully the infection can be successfully treated. If it is due to chemotherapy then white blood cell stimulating drugs are available. If there is an underlying blood problem such as leukemia then aggressive therapies may be necessary. ...Read more
Low white blood cell: This term is generic for any low total white blood cell count. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with leukopenia. I'm all over the place with what this is and is there a cure?!
Possibly: There are a lot of reasons for leukopenia. Usually isolated low white cells is not a sign of leukemia if the red blood cells and the platelets also found in blood are fine. Leukopenia develops in leukemia because all the bone marrow cells that eventually end up in the blood stream are crowded out by leukemia cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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