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X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

Evaluation warranted: Depending on how low the white count, it would be wise to continue to be followed by a primary health care provider and/or hematologist. It will likely return to normal, but it should be followed. ...Read more

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Internal Bleeding (Definition)

Also known as an internal hemorrhage, internal bleeding refers to bleeding that occurs inside the body that is not seen from the outside. This happens when there is damage to an artery or vein from trauma, an injury to the spleen, a ruptured aneurysm, or erosion into an artery or vein from cancer or gastric ulcer. Internal bleeding is a medical emergency ...Read more


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I have low white blood count and tired can I be anemic ?If so what do I need to take ?

I have low white blood count and tired can I be anemic ?If so what do I need to take ?

Your doctor may : Already have the answer if you are anemic. A blood count that revealed low white blood cell count also should have revealed the red cell count and hemoglobin. Please discuss the matter with the doctor who ordered the test for white cell count. ...Read more

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My 9month grandson white blood count is low i believe 3.5 what can we do to improve this my grandson's mom is anemic

My 9month grandson white blood count is low i believe 3.5  what can we do to improve this my grandson's mom is anemic

Since : Since normal ranges can vary from lab to lab, you should talk to your grandson's doctor about his white blood cell count and whether it is of any concern. In some labs, 3.5 could still be considered in the normal range. Also, it is important to know why the doctor drew the test in the first place since this can give insight as to what they were looking for and whether his white cell count is worrisome. For example, if he had a mild viral illness like a runny nose when the test was drawn, that could cause a slightly low white cell count and so a number such as 3.5 would be expected and will improve when he's feeling better. Anemia usually refers to a red blood cell count, not a white count, so his mother's anemia is likely unrelated. ...Read more

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What can severe anemia, high potassium, high platelets, and high white blood count cause?

What can severe anemia, high potassium, high platelets, and high white blood count cause?

Underlying cause ?: These are each signs of disease - need to find underlying cause to fix. High platelets and high WBC come from any kind of inflammation (infection, autoimmune, injury, etc), high potassium can be cellular damage or kidneys not working well. Anemia can be from internal or external bleeding, blood cells being destroyed, or inability to create enough new rbcs (nutritional or bone marrow problem). ...Read more

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How accurate are occult blood stool IA tests? I had 7 done, all negative, have anemia, I know its from food, not bleeding, doc still wants colonoscopy

How accurate are occult blood stool IA tests? I had 7 done, all negative, have anemia, I know its from food, not bleeding, doc still wants colonoscopy

Investigate iron def: If an adult has anemia DUE TO IRON DEFICIENCY, the cause is almost always blood loss. In men and non-menstruating women, the blood loss is almost always from the gastrointestinal tract. If iron deficiency (not just anemia) has been well proven, and the patient does not menstruate, endoscopy is warranted no matter what the occult blood stool test shows. ...Read more

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Why my blood count drops so quickly during pregnancy while my ferritin is >UNL? I'm at high risk for antepartum/postpartum hemorrhage (had IV iron due to the bleeding risk and IDA diagnosis prior to preg). Why do I still have anemia without iron/b12/folat

Why my blood count drops so quickly during pregnancy while my ferritin is >UNL? I'm at high risk for antepartum/postpartum hemorrhage (had IV iron due to the bleeding risk and IDA diagnosis prior to preg). Why do I still have anemia without iron/b12/folat

Inflammation?: I would think about this being secondary to anemia of chronic disease. Ferritin can be an acute phase reactant, essentially being indicative of ongoing inflammation; inflammation that can act as a mechanism for speeding up loss of red blood cells...Also look into your MCV. High MCV I would look into thyroid dysfunction. Pregnancy hemorrhage --> Panhypopituitarism --> Low thyroid --> Macrocytosis ...Read more

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My low white blood count is now 2.2, feritin is 16, hgb8.3, hct 25 , i feel good, but drs. Think it's a problem but don't know what.

My low white blood count is now 2.2, feritin is 16, hgb8.3, hct 25 , i feel good, but drs. Think it's a problem but don't know what.

CBC results: You have at least two problems. Your WBC is low at 2, 200 and you are anemic, hb 8.3. If you have a low platelet count, you would have pancytopenia. You need to see a hematologist to find out why your hb and WBC levels are low. Ask your doctor to refer you to a hematologist for a work up of your low WBC and hb levels. Ask your doctor if you have a low platelet count as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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What causes low white blood count and do I need to be careful about washing my hands?

What causes low white blood count and do I need to be careful about washing my hands?

See below: There are a huge number of possible causes for a low white blood cell count. Some include: infection, immune disorders, cancers, andother genetic causes. As for washing your hands, good hygeine is always a good idea! see your doctor for further infrmation and work up. ...Read more

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I have a rash and swelling and a very low white blood count. What could cause this? I have been to almost every doctor. Please help!

I have a rash and swelling and a very low white blood count. What could cause this? I have been to almost every doctor. Please help!

SEE A HEMATOLOGIST: You need to see a dermatologist, a good internist or a hematologist. The question here is which is causing the other. Do you have a fever ? What is the nature of the rash? ...Read more

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I have low white blood count(4.4) and BILIRUBIN is high at(1.4) what would this mean for a twenty something year old?

I have low white blood count(4.4) and BILIRUBIN is high at(1.4) what would this mean for a twenty something year old?

Any symptoms?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, it may be your normal and there may not nothing out of order. You should discuss it with your doctor who knows more about your health. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have gastritis and low white blood count? I've always thought inflammation in the body means higher white cells counts...

Is it possible to have gastritis and low white blood count? I've always thought inflammation in the body means higher white cells counts...

Really not related: The two things may not be related. Also, the body reacts differently whether we have a viral illness (can have low white count) vs. A bacterial one (can have a higher count). Some inflammation in the body may not do anything to your white count. Please see your doctor if you are having any symptoms or worries. ...Read more

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I have a low white blood count. Can i improve this? I seem to be sick all the time since coming out of hospital in december after having pneumonia.

See you doctor: There are many reasons why you have a low count. Some can be no issue. Some can be due to viral infections or more serious problem in the blood or from other issues. Get it checked out so you know if you even have a problem. A hematologist is the person to see. ...Read more

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Could low white blood count be related to colon cancer?

Could low white blood count be related to colon cancer?

Unclear question!: Low white count has little to do with colon cancer but if the patient with colon cancer is being treated with chemotherapy, then this is not unusual as chemotherapy often lowers white cell counts. ...Read more

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Hi. Can drinking alcohol around 48-72 hrs before a blood test show low white blood count only by 0.5. Thanks. ?

Hi. Can drinking alcohol around 48-72 hrs before a blood test show low white blood count only by 0.5. Thanks. ?

No: A significantly low white count would not be expected a day or two after drinking alcohol. Prolonged heavy drinking for years can cause an effect on the bone marrow and lower the white count.is significantly low white count needs a evaluation by hematologist a blood specialist ...Read more

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What if someone has palpable lymph nodes in groin area about 2 months? Blood work shows low white blood count? Any connection?

What if someone has palpable lymph nodes in groin area about 2 months?  Blood work shows low white blood count? Any connection?

Might be related: There may be a connection between the low WBC and the lymph nodes. If the lymph nodes are enlarged or growing this needs to be evaluated. Also, you don't mention what your white blood cell count is or how long it has been decreased but that needs attention as well. ...Read more

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21 yr old female has low white blood count a couple years (or 1year&half) after appendix removal surgery. What's the connection and how to cure?

21 yr old female has low white blood count a couple years (or 1year&half) after appendix removal surgery. What's the connection and how to cure?

Not related: There is some lymphoid tissue in the appendix that contributes to the life cycle of white blood cells, but it only a tiny part of your lymphoid tissue bank. Talk to your doctor about monitoring your white cell count. It may not need treatment to be "cured." ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have a high LDH and a low white blood count?

What does it mean if I have a high LDH and a low white blood count?

LDH, leukopenia: It means you need to see a Doctor and be evaluated. There are numerous possibilities as neither is specific. Notwithstanding its a good idea to have a work up as some of the possibilities are serious. ...Read more

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I have low white blood count at 3.4 and low glucose at 54... Do I need to be worried ?

Impossible: You are asking specific question about lab results without sharing the reasons the tests were ordered, what the other labs results are on the same tests. This is asking us to comment out of context. Your physician, the professional who ordered the tests, is the one to interpret them for you. ...Read more

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Do low white blood count mean you have HIV aids?

Do low white blood count mean you  have HIV aids?

Not necessarily: Low white blood counts, or leukopenia, may be a sign of a viral infection or a severe bacterial infection. For some people, this is actually normal. In HIV infection, the cd4 t-lymphocyte, or cd4 cell is affected and this specific white blood cell decreases in number. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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Colonoscopy (Definition)

Colonoscopy is the procedure of using a long flexible camera to visualize the entire colon from the inside with the option to take pictures, video, perform biopsies, remove polyps, etc. Generally people are sedated and do ...Read more


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Wbc Count (Definition)

White blood cell count. That is, the number of WBC per microlitre of blood. It includes the common types of cells such as neutophils (granulocytes), lymhpocytes, monocytes, and the less ...Read more