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Low red and white blood cell count, should I be concerned?

Low red and white blood cell count, should I be concerned?

When both RBC and: Wbcs are affected several topics come to mind. The marrow may be stressed in response to infection, or due to a medication. This would also be a common pattern in bone marrow production problems such as the myelodysplastic syndromes. Patients with acute leukemia can also present in this fashion. ...Read more

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White Cell Count (Definition)

This is the number of white blood cells per microlitre. It includes neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, and other rarer types such ...Read more


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What can cause low red and white blood cell count at the same time?

What can cause low red and white blood cell count at the same time?

When both RBC and: Wbcs are affected several topics come to mind. The marrow may be stressed in response to infection, or due to a medication. This would also be a common pattern in bone marrow production problems such as the myelodysplastic syndromes. Patients with acute leukemia can also present in this fashion. ...Read more

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What can I do if my doctor said I have low red and white blood cell count, should I be worried?

What can I do if my doctor said I have low red and white blood cell count, should I be worried?

Follow with your doc: Unless you give us the exact numbers, we can not advise you what it all means. But your doctor , I am sure he/she can easily guide you. ...Read more

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Have pv, now 12 years later have a low white cell count(less than 2) and low red cell count(less than 2) what is going on?

Have pv, now 12 years later have a low white cell count(less than 2)  and low red cell count(less than 2) what is going on?

Polycythemia vera: This is something to discuss with your hematologist. Polycythemia vera (I understood you correctly, right?) may progress to a state in which you stop making enough blood cells, rather than making too many. Your hematologist knows about this and can advise you. ...Read more

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Is 4.2 too low for white cell count and 4.1 for red blood cell count?

Is 4.2 too low for white cell count and 4.1 for red blood cell count?

No: In most labs a low normal WBC cut off is about 4. Rbc not all that important. Clinical numbers of import are hemogolbin (HGB) and hematocrit (hct). ...Read more

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My daughters platelet count is low as well as her red cell count and her white cell count is 4.8. Her mpv is high at 11.8. Should i be concerned?

Need actual values: 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, a white cell count of 4.8 and mpv or 11.8 are not cause for concern. ...Read more

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What can cause raised red cell count but with low iron stores (anemia). White cell count is at lowest end of normal lab value?

Lots of things: First of all, "anemia" and "low iron stores" are two completely different labs. Anyone who rod you otherwise is making a common mistake. In thalassemia minor, red cells are small and their count maybe high despite a mild anemia. Insist on a complete answer. ...Read more

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What does a high white cell count, high red cell count mean?

What does a high white cell count, high red cell count mean?

A few things: If your white cell count is elevated by itself, it typically means that you have some sort of infection. However, if both your red cells and white cells are elevated at the same time, it probably just means that you are dehydrated. There are a other common conditions include stress polycythemi, a and more rarely, polycythemia rubra vera, these causes are all easy to excluded! ...Read more

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I have 18 white cell count with normal red cell count I am scheduled for an oncologist why don't they think it an infection?

Hematologist WBC: Infection is a possibility. When you are referred to see an oncologist -it does not mean you have cancer. Many oncologists are also hematologist- like myself. We do see different types of blood disorders like elevation of WBC etc- as well as cancers. You are referred to see a hematologist because you have persistent elevation of WBC and perhaps also some abnormality on the WBC differential.D/w md. ...Read more

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