low blood count

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<b>Low blood count is also known as <a href="#topics/Anemia">Anemia</a></b>. Anemia is a condition in which the body has a decreased amount of healthy red blood cells, which normally provide oxygen to body tissues. Common causes may include certain medications, chronic diseases such as cancer, a poor diet, and blood loss.
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Dr. Michael Engel answered:

Is 5.0 a low blood count?

It's on the low side

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but falls within the normative range for an adult. Total WBC count is not necessarily the most important or informative parameter to focus on. There are several different types of white blood cell, each with unique functionality, that in combination comprise the totality of our cellular immune response. Each cell type has a normal range. More important is the infection history of the patient.
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What causes low blood count?

Anemia

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Is another term for low blood counts. There are multiple causes including but not at all limited to blood loss (menstrual periods, bleeding from the GI tract), nutritional deficiencies (iron, folate, B 12), chronic illnesses, medications, and bone marrow problems. Your Dr. should be able to help you figure out what is causing your low blood counts and if it's serious or not.
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What does low blood count mean?

Low cells

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A "low blood count" usually means a low value or # of cells in the CBC (complete blood count). There are many numbers in a CBC, but the main ones are Hgb (measure of red blood cells = RBC), WBC (=white BC), and platelets. The other numbers and "differential" help further clarify the cyto(=cell)penia(=low). Additional labs or a bone marrow biopsy may be necessary to evaluate.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

What does low blood count mean to you?

Anemia and more

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Low red cell count means anemia and it can be due to many reasons. Low white blood cell counts have a broader spectrum and each type of white cell count has different meaning. See this site for more info on low white cell counts. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-white-blood-cell-count/MY00162
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh answered:

Tell me symptoms of a low blood count?

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What cell count is low. Low red blood cell count may cause weakness, pallor, shortness of breath and in severe cases heart failure. Low white cell count may make the person prone to infections. Low platelet count causes bleeding in skin and mucus membranes.
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Dr. Guy VanDell answered:

What would a low blood count indicate?

Anemia

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anemia can cause fatigue, chest pain, shortness of breath, and if severe enough organ damage.
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Dr. Liawaty Ho answered:

What are the tests for low blood count?

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the test will include CBC to confirm that your blood count is low and other necessary blood tests or other tests/procedures to find the cause of the low blood count. The treatment will be directed to resolve the low blood count and to address the main cause of it. Discuss further with your MD or hematologist.
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What is the cause of a low blood count?

Many causes

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This problem mandates a real-time (face-to-face) meeting with a doctor. A history has to be taken along with a examination as well as labs and other tests.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered:

What causes border line low blood count?

Why do you ask?

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Lab reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy people fall outside on either end. It's a mistake to think that the center of the range is best. If you feel well and you're not actually below the range, life's too short (and the chances of a working doing anything more than waste effort and money) to trouble yourself over it.
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Dr. Kelty R. Baker answered:

What are the symptoms of low blood count?

Low blood counts

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Low red cells causes anemia. The symptoms of anemia can be fatigue, dizziness, pallor, chest pain, and shortness of breath. Low white cells make the patient susceptible to fever and a variety of infections. Low platelets make one likely to have bruising, bleeding, or petechiae (small purple freckles on the skin).
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