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Leukopenia And Neutropenia
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
Defined numerically as an absolute neutrophil count (anc) less than 1500. From there it is subdivided into mild (1000-1500), moderate (500-1000) and severe (<500). Folks with severe neutropenia are at increased risk for bacterial infections. Mild to moderate, less so. The reason for neutropenia needs to be determined. Treatments range from observation to stem cell ...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
What do you advise if I'm diagnosed as chronic anemic, pancytopenia, leukopenia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia and lympocytopenia?
Specialist help: This is probably a marrow disease and you need to be evaluated by a competent, no-nonsense hematologist. An anemia always needs a workup and unless the other values are only trivially reduced relative to the reference range, you have serious disease until proved otherwise. Don't delay, and stay proactive. ...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
Since more that 15 years I have leukopenia today it was 1500 with neutropenia and high lymphocyte and monocytes?
Can be due to virus: It all depends on the reason for your leukopenia and neutropenia. If you have chronic neutropenia due to autoimmune etiology, its not unusual that all the cells in the bone marrow increase because they are trying to increase the number of neutrophils. Also viral infections increase number of lymphocytes. If you are healthy right now and have no symptoms, there is no need for worry. ...Read more
Is mild neutropenia, mild lymphopenia, overall moderate leukopenia anything to be worried about? If so which precautions should I be taking. Thank you
Actual numbers: Would be helpful, but in the absence of mouth sores or recurrent infections one would not work up the neuts. Lymphs also may just be "your normal." a perusal of your meds would also be in order. ...Read more
Neutropenia is......: Divided by severity: <500 is severe, 500-1000 moderate and 1000-1500 mild. Pts with severe neutropenia, for whatever reason, are at increased risk for life threatening infections, and symptoms vary for folks across this continuum. Mucosal erosions and gingival inflammation are common. The main thing to be concerned about is the infection risk, and of course discerning cause so it can be rx'd. ...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
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
No: They're the opposite: neutropenia is a low number of neutrophils, a type of infection-fighting white blood cell. Neutophlia is a high number of neutrophils (also referred to as neutrophilic leukocytosis). Neither is a disease. These are just descriptive terms for laboratory abnormalities. ...Read more
Low neutrophils: Let's break the word down into its parts. Neutrophils are the most important bacteria-fighting cell. "~penia" means lack of something in the blood. Neutro + penia means you do not have a normal number of infection-fighting neutrophils, and are at risk of infection. Another "penia" might be thrombocytopenia, which is not enough platelets (which help our blood clot) ...Read more