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What sort of problem is having low blood count (anemia)?

What sort of problem is having low blood count (anemia)?

Anemia: Anemia causes decrease delivery of oxygen to all the tissues of the body. It is important to find the cause of the anemia so we can correct it. For example is is due to : iron deficiency, colon cancer, any cancer, anorexia, leukemia, lymphoma, low thyroid, sickle cell anemia, etc. ..Anemia may cause heart attack, stroke as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Ruma
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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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What would it mean to have a low blood count and anemia?

What would it mean to have a low blood count and anemia?

Depends: Blood counts generally describe three types of cells. Anemia would be low red blood cell numbers, and this could be "low blood counts". But low blood counts could describe additional blood cells that are low. These results should be discussed with the provider that order the blood count. ...Read more

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What should I eat for low red blood count anemia?

Diet is not key: Despite all the huckstering, food choices are important in only a few relatively uncommon illnesses. You've got rheumatoid arthritis and are being treated with a powerful medication. RA itself is prone to cause a moderate anemia that will be better if your illness improves but that you can't otherwise manage. If you're anemic from some other cause, it needs to be worked up. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What anemia would cause low blood count, feeling cold and tired, and appearing pale?

What anemia would cause low blood count, feeling cold and tired, and appearing pale?

Anemia: There are many causes of anemia, but your symptoms don't give a clue as to the cause in you case. These are symptoms of all anemia, regardless of the cause. Work with your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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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

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What is the cause of a low blood count?

What is the cause of a low blood count?

Many causes: 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. ...Read more

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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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What is the biggest cause of low blood count?

It depends upon....: The blood counts to which you are referring. If you mean anemia, the overwhelmingly most common reason for a low rbc count in the us is fe deficiency, in part because of our typically fe poor diet, and exacerbated by a monthly blood loss in women. Fe deficiency, however, is due tof an underlying primary problem to be discovered and corrected. For low WBC count, viral suppression is most common. ...Read more

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I have a low blood count of 10.1 how serious is it?

I have a low blood count of 10.1 how serious is it?

Test results: You probably mean the hemoglobin level though you do not explicitly say so. You are an adult woman and bleed every month. The most likely cause of low hemoglobin levels is low iron intake. There are many other reasons but cannot discuss them in 400 spaces. Can make a virtual consult. ...Read more

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What causes low blood count for a 2 yearold?

Anemia?: If by "low blood count" you mean anemia, the most common cause is iron deficiency anemia caused by inadequate iron intake in toddler's diet (too much milk and not enough red meat and green leafy vegetables). There are many other causes of anemia, though. ...Read more

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How much alcohol can cause a low blood count?

How much alcohol can cause a low blood count?

Unclear question: Chronic use of alcohol can decrease blood count. Different people respond differently. If your blood count is low due to drinking, you are drinking way too much! ...Read more

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Dark clots every month. Do I have low blood count?

Dark clots every month. Do I have low blood count?

Amenorrhea: Cessation of menses for more than 2 months should be evaluated since hypothyroidism, excess weight changes and other hormonal imbalances may be at work affecting other parts of your body as well. ...Read more

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Why see a hemotologist for a low blood count in men?

Why see a hemotologist for a low blood count in men?

Answer differs,: Depending on which count you are talking about, but the common feature in all cases is that the count should not be outside a normal range. There is not adequate space here to discuss all the possibilities. If you can be more specific about the abnormality we can be more helpful with our responses. You should seek an explanation for your count abnormalities with your dr. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it common to need an endoscopy due to my low blood count?

Is it common to need an endoscopy due to my low blood count?

Yes.: If you are iron deficient, the cause needs to be found. The only way a healthy adult becomes iron deficient is by blood loss. If you are not a menstruating female, there must have been blood loss in the stool (or rarely in the urine). It is common to do endoscopy (to see the stomach) and colonoscopy to look for possible sites of bleeding. ...Read more

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My daughter has a low blood count and I was told she could not gain 1 pound but she is so little now will it hurt for her to eat due to the low blood?

My daughter has a low blood count and I was told she could not gain 1 pound but she is so little now will it hurt for her to eat due to the low blood?

I don't understand: I don't understand your question. If she has a low red blood count (anemia), she needs to eat healthy foods which contain iron- meats and green leafy vegetable mainly. It doesn't make sense that she would be told not to eat. Please check with your child's doctor to find out what is recommended. ...Read more

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Is 5.0 a low blood count?

Is 5.0 a low blood count?

It's on the low side: 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. ...Read more

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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, (folic acid) 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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What does low blood count mean?

What does low blood count mean?

Low cells: 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. ...Read more

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