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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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White Blood Cell (Definition)

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


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What are low white blood cell count reasons?

What are low white blood cell count reasons?

There are many.: Infections can sometimes cause low white blood cells - surprising to many because most people think of a high WBC in that case, but overwhelming bacterial infections can lead to depletion of wbcs. Viruses can also destroy wbcs temporarily. Certain medicines and drugs can cause low white blood counts and auto-immune diseases (where the body's immune system attacks itself) are another cause. ...Read more

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What cause low white blood cell count and what should I do for this?

What cause low white blood cell count and what should I do for this?

Low white count: Causes include benign leukopenia, autoimmune diseases, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, vasculitides, myelodysplastic syndrome, nutritional deficiencies like b12, copper deficiencies, medication effect etc. You need to see hematologist who can order blood tests and perform bone marrow aspirate and biopsy if indicated. ...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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What causes a low white blood cell count?

What causes a low white blood cell count?

Many: Primary or secondary blood disorder, infection, immunologic diseases, medication, and many other possibilities. Most causes would be treatable. If this has been confirmed then consultation with a hematologist would be appropriate. ...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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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'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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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