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What does my father's low white blood cell count mean?

What does my father's low white blood cell count mean?

Maybe nothing: Low white counts are seen in up to 15% of some populations. Thus, it may have no clinical importance. It needs to be evaluated in context with the entire clinical picture. ...Read more

White Blood Cell (Definition)

Body blood cell that responds to inflamation or infection or ...Read more


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What does low white blood cell count mean? 60 y/o female. Finished chemo & radiation for stage 3 bc one year ago.

What does low white blood cell count mean? 60 y/o female.  Finished chemo & radiation for stage 3 bc one year ago.

Effect on marrow: One of the problems of chemo is that it not only destroys the dna of the tumor cell but of the cells in the marrow reducing the wbc. This is exaggerated following rt. When the WBC gets too low drugs like gcs must be used to bring the count up over 4000, the normal being around 7000 -8000. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some leads to and what does a low white blood cell count in a woman mean?

Could you tell me what are some leads to and what does a low white blood cell count in a woman mean?

Depends on the cause: There are many causes of low white blood cell count like, autoimmune disease, bone marrow failure, enlarged spleen, drug toxicity etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/low-white-blood-cell-count/my00162. ...Read more

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What is low white blood cell count mean if high fever and sick?

What is low white blood cell count mean if high fever and sick?

Leukopenia may be...: Counterintuitive, but it is seen frequently in the context of infection/inflammation. Usually we equate illness with a rise in WBC count because we mobilize our wbcs to fight off infections caused by multiple pathogens...Viruses, bacteria, fungi for example. However, inflammatory cytokines can induce transient marrow suppression to cause leukopenia. Should resolve spontaneously. Get well soon. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have a low white blood cell count?

Leukopenia: Wbcs either being destroyed by virus or severe bacterial infections; medication such as chemotherapy, some antibiotics or diuretics; overactive spleen. Or underproduction as a primary effect as in aplastic anemia or suppression of production of wbcs by bone marrow as in some cancers & leukemias, overwhelming infection, hiv/aids, some parastitic diseases, radiation therapy & malnutrition. ...Read more

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Is it bad to have a low white blood cell count? And what does it mean?

Not usually: A low white count is present in about 15% of the population and usually has no clinical significance. Discuss the result with your doctor. ...Read more

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They said low white blood cell count, what does this mean?

They said low white blood cell count, what does this mean?

Leukopenia: A low white cell count can be caused by many things. Some people have low white cells due to a medication they are taking. Others are born with it. Others develop it because of dangerous conditions such as leukemia, viral infection, or autoimmune disease. Please consult with a hematologist to determine what form of leukopenia you have so that an appropriate treatment can be given (if necessary). ...Read more

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Low white blood cell count -- does it mean infection is gone?

Low white blood cell count -- does it mean infection is gone?

NOT NECESSARILY: Sometimes your WBC count can fall precipitously as an infection worsens, because they adhere to blood vessel walls and then enter the tissues and are consumed by the process of fighting bacteria. If, however, the WBC was quite high, it may come down as treatment is effective. ...Read more

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What to do if I have high eosinophils & low white blood cell count. what does it mean?

What to do if I have high eosinophils & low white blood cell count. what does it mean?

Depends: The common causes of high eosinophil count are allergy and parasitic infestation. It would require investigation in-person to ascertain the cause and treatment. You may wish to consult this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/eosinophilia/basics/definition/sym-20050752 ...Read more

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I have low white blood cell count, low lymphs, low lymphocytes absolute, what can it mean?

Many things.: A low lymphocyte count can be associated with various causes. It can be congenital, as part of immune deficiency. It can be related to viral illness and other infections. It can be due to treatment with Prednisone and other immunosuppressive medications. It can be part of an autoimmune condition. But most common is transient due to simple viral infection. ...Read more

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During an echocardiogram they found a shadow on my cousins liver, she has low white blood cell count, and her sugar was high. What can all this mean?

During an echocardiogram they found a shadow on my cousins liver, she has low white blood cell count, and her sugar was high. What can all this mean?

Needs follow up: The liver can be imaged with ultrasound (as in the echocardiogram), ct and MRI and depending on the type lesion, there may be different advantages to using different types of imaging. Follow up is needed to assess if this lesion is benign or needs further assessment. Some lesions may require a biopsy to be examined by a pathologist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have a low vitamin d and low white blood cell count. What does that mean?

My doctor says I have a low vitamin d and low white blood cell count. What does that mean?

Discuss with doctor : Discuss with your doctor. A low white blood count could be serious issue that needs follow up evaluation. White blood cells are needed to fight of infections. Vitamin d supplements can be recommended by your doctor, the rise would depend on your vitamin d level. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my doctor says I have a low vitamin d and low white blood cell count what does it mean?

What do you suggest if my doctor says I have a low vitamin d and low white blood cell count what does it mean?

Unrelated: 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, low vitamin D and low white cell count are likely unrelated. Vitamin D deficiency is common and you can address that by taking 5000 IU of vitamin D3 daily. For the low WBC count you need to consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Is a white blood cell count of 3.5 considered low and what could this mean?

Is a white blood cell count of 3.5 considered low and what could this mean?

Leukopenia: A white blood cell count under 3500 is considered definitely low and can be seen with viral infection but also with autoimmune disease, bone marrow disorders, medications and chemical exposure. Some people have no serious problem causing the leukopenia as their white cell count stays unchanged for years and their red cell and platelet counts are normal. A hematologist is best qualified for you. ...Read more

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My white blood cell count was extremely low, 3.4 thousand/Ul, what does this mean?

Leukopenia : Leukopenia could be a normal variant especially in African-American people. Most common causes of Leukopenia are acute virus infection, HIV, Hepatitis B and C, some bacterial infection, Vitamin b12 deficiency and medications. To make a diagnosis it's important to know the differential of WBC and also other cell lines like Red blood cells and Platelet count. Talk to your Provider for evaluation ...Read more

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What does it mean that my blood work came back and my CK Total and MCH was low and my WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT was high?

What does it mean that my blood work came back and my CK Total and MCH was low and my WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT was high?

See below: 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, it would have helped to know the actual values rather than high or low. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I just recently just got some blood tests results for my 9yr old son. His white blood cell count was very low, what could this mean?

I just recently just got some blood tests results for my 9yr old son. His white blood cell count was very low, what could this mean?

Don't focus on #: When talking about lab results, you need to focus first and foremost on why those labs were ordered in the first place when interpreting what they mean. If your child has been ill short term with a viral type illness, perhaps something like mono, then a 'very low' WBC can be normal response and transient. On the other hand, if he has had long term symptoms of something, interpretation differs. ...Read more

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