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Doctor insights on: Rheumatoid Arthritis White Blood Cell Count

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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)

A condition where there 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 help 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 help 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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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?

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

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Is a high white blood cell count hereditary?

Is a high white blood cell count hereditary?

No: A person's white blood cell count depends on how the bone marrow functions. This is not affected by genetics. ...Read more

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What are white blood cell count low symptoms?

What are white blood cell count low symptoms?

Low white count : Symptoms are usually from underlying disease which lower white count like infections, lupus, arthritis, vasculitis, connective tissue diseases, b12, folic acid, copper deficiency, mds. Neutropenia also increases risk for various infections. ...Read more

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What do bands on white blood cell count mean?

Immature cells: Bands are the immature white blood cells, their presence can mean many things, but we typically find them elevated in acute infection, in the sense that in an acute infection your bone marrow is pumping out so many white blood cells to fight infection that it start pumping out immature ones "bands". ...Read more

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What does a white blood cell count of 18 mean?

Abnormal Blood Test: It is very high and needs to be evaluated and a cause of such a high level determined. ...Read more

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What does a white blood cell count mean if 16?

What does a white blood cell count mean if 16?

White count: 16 or 16, 000 white count is elevated and can happen from infection, inflammation or other causes. ...Read more

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What's the cause for low white blood cell count?

What's the cause for 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

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White blood cell count low causes what problems?

White blood cell count low causes what problems?

Low white cell count: White blood cells are the body's warriors against infection. When their number runs low, you become more susceptible to infections that could easily become more severe than usual. ...Read more

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What to do to increase my white blood cell count?

Why do you want to: Do that? If your white cell count low? If it is low, you need to treat the cause. If it is normal, there is no healthy way to increase it and if you take medication to increase it will only do harm. ...Read more

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How can you increase your white blood cell count?

How can you increase your white blood cell count?

Is it low?: There is no benefit to increasing a normal WBC count and there may be harm. If your white blood cell count is low, then first it needs to be determined, why is it low and treatment would be dictated by the cause. ...Read more

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What can increase someone's white blood cell count?

See below: If the count is low it is the cause of low blood count that needs to be treated. It may be as simple as giving some vitamins or as radical as bone marrow transplant. Infections and some drugs and tumors can cause abnormal increase in white cell count. Treatment may be antibiotics, chemotherapy or no treatment may be needed. ...Read more

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What does having a white blood cell count of 22 mean?

What does having a white blood cell count of 22 mean?

Need differential : Count. White cell count of 22 is elevated. Average upper limit is about 11. However, there are many types of white blood cells and a differential count is neede for proper interpretation. If it is your count, it likely means a bacterial infection, however, you need to discuss it with the doctor who ordered the test. ...Read more

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Is it bad if my white blood cell count is over 10000?

Maybe: It might be normal for your body.... It might mean an infection... It might mean nothing.... It might mean that you need the test repeated and you should speak with your doctor. Many medications can elevate white blood cell counts too. ...Read more

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What causes a teen to have low white blood cell count?

What causes a teen to have low white blood cell count?

Viral infection: Leukopenia, low white cell count, is most often caused by viral infection. A number of different conditions or infections have to be considered as well. ...Read more

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Want to know reasons for a low white blood cell count?

Want to know reasons for a 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

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What would cause your white blood cell count to be low?

Multiple reasons: A low white blood vell count can be present due to medications or drugs, chronic infections (e.g. Viral infections), autoimmune conditions, blood cancers, nutritional deficiencies, congenital problems or bone marrow failure states among other reasons. A thorough evaluation by a hemtologist is required. ...Read more

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My white blood cell count is 11.7, what does that mean?

Maybe nothing: The upper range of "normal" is about 10,000. Being slightly up is not really a big deal. White blood counts rise in the face of an infection or inflammation. It's your body's immune system doing its job. You may be fighting off a viral infection, or it may be "normal" for you. Why was it done? ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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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