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Is there a relation between high white blood cell count and rheumatoid arthritis?

Is there a relation between high white blood cell count and rheumatoid arthritis?

Maybe: Some patients with RA may have an elevated WBC count as a manifestation of inflammation. Patients on Prednisone for RA may also show a high wbc, although this usually occurs at higher doses of Prednisone than are used to treat ra. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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My diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis changed to lupus because of my low white blood cell count. How do I know for sure?

My diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis changed to lupus because of my low white blood cell count.  How do I know for sure?

Other information: There are several factors that go into making the diagnosis. The clinical findings can sometimes include a rash and arthritic changes that can be different from rheumatoid arthritis. There are also blood tests that may make the diagnosis more clear. You should ask the doctor and if you have other questions, ask for a second opinion, possibly from a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I am planning to take Rituximab for Rheumatoid Arthritis but my red blood cell count is very low. Does Rituximab helps to increase blood count also ?

I am planning to take Rituximab for Rheumatoid Arthritis but my red blood cell count is very low. Does Rituximab helps to increase blood count also ?

See below: First, find out what causes your anemia. If your anemia is caused by chronic inflammation such as RA, treating the underlying etiology for anemia by Rituximab will eventually lead to an increase red blood cell count. If your anemia is caused autoimmune-medicated hemolysis, Rituximab can also help increase red cell counts. But, Rituximab itself does not have direct effect on red cell production. ...Read more

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My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

  My white blood cell count was 6.25... Is this normal or low? Is it okay to take prednisone for poison ivy with this WBC count?

You're fine: Normal WBC. I trust lymphocyte and neutrophil counts were fine also. Take the prenisone for the poison ivy only if it's so bad you can't sleep otherwise. We're glad to help. ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count cause?

Low white blood cell count cause?

Leukopenia: Recent infection such as flu, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, aplastic anemia, hiv, lupus, hodgkin's lymphoma, cancer, typhoid, malaria, tb, sepsis, folate deficiency, copper & zinc deficiency, medications such as wellbutrin, (bupropion) depakote, lamictal, clozapine, minocycline, flagyl, interferone, arsenic toxicity. ...Read more

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How do I reduce white blood cell count?

Why do you want to : Do that? What is your cell count? Do you have an infection? Do discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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How can I reduce white blood cell count?

How can I reduce white blood cell count?

Depends: Why is your white blood cell count high? Two common causes are infection and leukemia. These require specific treatments and are not a do it yourself matter. ...Read more

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What's the cause low white blood cell count?

What's the cause low white blood cell count?

Many causes.: Low WBC can be due to nutritional factors, infections (esp. Viral infections), autoimmune diseases, inhereted defects, leukemias and other bone marrow cancers, meylodysplasia, drug reactions, and even unknown causes. The problem with this is infection, but the risk depends on how low the WBC is. Only with very low WBC is there a risk of death. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more