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Leukopenia And Fatigue
I've had leukopenia for a year now. Off and on fatigue. No other symptoms. 30yr old female. Could this be MDS? RBC normal. Only thing wrong is WBC.
Unlikely: Women can have a lower white count compared to men. However, should have it monitored. Consider further testing to rule out reversible causes. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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
From MD Health: Because the immune system is damaged the patient is more likely to develop inflammation in the mouth. This may occur around the cheeks, lips, tongue cheeks, tonsils, etc. Patients may also develop inflammation of the stomach lining as the natural bacteria in the system grows at an unchecked rate. These conditions may cause the patient to crave hot beverages. ...Read more
Not likely: 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, if you were to provide the actual values, it may be possible to provide an opinion. ...Read more
Low white cells: Leucopenia is a global decrease in the whole WBC running lower than 4000 cells when you say neutropenia means decrease in the neutrophils count to less than the normal range the causes including viruses HIV hepatitis viruses immunosuppressives chemotherapy rheumatic diseases vasculitis like felty's, hypersplenism, could be familial. ...Read more
Multiple causes: You have a low level of one kind of white blood cell, the neutrophil. Most common cause is viral infection, esp. If transient. Many different medication can do this as a side effect, including non-prescription meds. Rarely, nutritional deficiencies (iron, B12 or folic acid). It can be part of autoimmune disease, it can be congenital, be due to serious blood diseases, or be benign. ...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
Low white blood cell: This term is generic for any low total white blood cell count. ...Read more
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 more
Depends: Many have low white count that is benign & no symptoms. It may also be due to a recent infection, medication, excessive alcohol intake, or underlying blood disease (even cancer), or else... The differential DX is wide. If white count is very low, risk of infection is increased. If you have fevers, chills, drenching night sweats or recurrent infection, you need to see your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
High vs. Low:
Leukemia is a malignancy of the white blood cells, sometimes leading to excessive amounts of these cells in circulation.
Leukopenia is a deficiency or low WBC count.
Sometimes leukemia can present or lead to low WBC counts, but often leukemia is associated with a high WBC count. ...Read more
What is leukopenia? Doctor said it's only slightly low and not to worry about it, since I don't have any symptoms.
Low WBC: Leukopenia means that there is a decrease in the white blood cell count. White blood cells are the blood cells that are part of the immune system and responsible for fighting infection. There are different types of white blood cells that can be low. This is something that needs to be monitored. If it persists or is associated with other changes in your blood counts it needs further evaluation. ...Read more
What to do if I have been diagnosed with mild peripheral leukopenia and neutropenia with associated relative lymphocytosis,?
Depends.: Leukopenia means low total white blood count. Neutropenia means a specific kind of WBC, neutrophil, is low. Relative lymphocytosis means the lymphocytes in the blood are not low. There are many causes of neutropenia: drugs, infections, autoimmune diseases, bone marrow diseases, congenital, nutritional deficiency, etc. Only if neutrophils are ...Read more
Can having chronic leukopenia affect other lab tests or cause other problems? I've had this for many years with no known reason for it.
I've been diagnosed with benign leukopenia, possibly from Zoloft (sertraline) (have used 10+yrs). Dr doesn't seemed concerned. Should I worry or change meds?
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 more
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
I have been diagnosed with leukopenia. I'm all over the place with what this is and is there a cure?!
Speak to your doctor: The answer depends on what you are being treated for. Is it the disease or the drug that is causing the issue. Only your doctor can really answer that. ...Read more
YES: Leukopenia means low white cell count. It can be associated with various things, which can include: infection (eg., cold/ flu, typhoid, hiv, aids, malaria, tuberculosis, etc), aplastic anemia, cancer (eg, hogkin's lymphoma, leukemia, myelofibrosis, etc.), metabolic deficiencies (eg, copper, zinc and folate (folic acid) deficiencies), or treatment-related (eg, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, etc). ...Read more