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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Low Blood Count (Definition)

Low blood count is also known as Anemia. 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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What is the definition or description of: low blood count (anemia)?

What is the definition or description of: low blood count (anemia)?

Lack of red cells.: Anemia is a lower than normal concentration of hemoglobin in blood. Hemoglobin is carried by red blood cells, and our test measures the total amount of HGB carried by all red cells in a volulme of blood. A low white blood cell count is leukopenia, and a low platelet count is thrombocytopenia. ...Read more

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Dr. Rafael Fonseca
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What causes low blood count?

What causes low blood count?

Anemia: 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. ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Stool (Tip)

Dealing with Blood in Stool

Don't ignore blood in stool—whether visible or occult. It's a warning sign that warrants attention. ...See more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
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Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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What are the symptoms of low blood count?

What are the symptoms of low blood count?

Low blood counts: 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). ...Read more

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Dealing with Blood in Stool (Tip)

Dealing with Blood in Stool

Blood in stool is not a joke. It can come from the stomach to anus. Needs serious direct examination. ...See more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Eat complex carbohydrates with protein
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Eat before you feel tired or nauseous
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Have glucose available if blood sugar is too low
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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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What are the tests for low blood count?

What are the tests for low blood count?

Low blood count: 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. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas (Tom) Ruma
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Blood Count (Definition)

Include the number of white blood cells (wbc), red blood cells (hgb or ...Read more

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