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What does a low white blood cell count indicate?

What does a low white blood cell count indicate?

Leukopenia: Please consult this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/definition/SYM-20050615 ...Read more

White Blood Cell (Definition)

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


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Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?

Depends: The primary purpose of white blood cells (wbcs) is to fight infection. So, people with low white blood cell counts could be more susceptible to infections. However, it depends on why the wbcs are low. Some people simply have low WBC counts and live normal lives. Others could have an underlying problem causing the low counts. ...Read more

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What does a high white blood cell count and high platelet count mean?

Hematology workup: The elevation of these 2 parameters of the CBC (complete blood count) may reflect infection or inflammation. However, depending on the chronicity and extent of rise, it may also be associated with bone marrow problems such as myeloproliferative diseases. I suggest a hematology consultation and workup to sort out the underlying cause(s). ...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 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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Low hemoglobin and low white blood count. What does this indicate?

Low hemoglobin and low white blood count. What does this indicate?

Need to know the: Actual results. Low hb may indicate blood loss and it needs to be investigated to rule out bleeding in the stomach and intestine, especially need to rule out colon cancer. Are you on any medication or drink excessively? Either of these could be the cause. All lab results need to be evaluated in the clinical context and your doctor is in the best position to do that. ...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 causes a low white blood cell count?

What causes a low  white 
blood cell count?

Long list: Please consult this site for information on this topic:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/causes/sym-20050615 ...Read more

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What causes low red and white blood cell counts?

What causes low red and white blood cell counts?

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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Why is my white blood cell count high?

How high?: Which wbcs are high - neuts? Lymphs? How long? Clinical context? Meds? ...Read more

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What is number for normal white blood cell count and red blood cell count. Thank you.

What is number for normal white blood cell count and red blood cell count. Thank you.

Variable lab normals: Each lab has normal ranges of the values. White Blood Count normal range is usually between 4.0 and 10.5. Hemoglobin values are usually between 11.0-14.5 for women and 12-15 for men. Rarely do people actually quote the RBC count number although it is reported on most lab reports. ...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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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

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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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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 could a low red blood cell count indicate?

What could a low red blood cell count indicate?

Many causes: Chronic blood loss in menstrual blood, abnormal bleeding in intestine, nutritional, deficiencies, especially iron; lead poisoning, thalassemia, leukemia, hemolytic anemia etc. If you have low red blood count it should be investigated by a doctor. ...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 is a low white cell count ?

Infection fighting: cells are found on top of the red oxygen carrying cells if you let blood settle to the bottom of a tube as a grey-green-white layer. The number and type of these cells vary a huge amount among normal people who can fight off infections. The number needs to get close to Zero before you are unprotected from infection, but can be lowered in most any illness that makes you sick (including colds). ...Read more

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What does a high red blood cell count mean?

What does a high red blood cell count mean?

How high?: Thalassemia may be associated with high RBC count to make up for the small size of RBCs. For polycythemia, you may consult this site: http://www.medicinenet.com/polycythemia_high_red_blood_cell_count/article.htm ...Read more

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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 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?

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 causes a low white blood cell count?

Long list: Please consult this site for information on this topic:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/causes/sym-20050615 ...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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What does a low white blood cell count indicate?

Leukopenia: Please consult this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/low-white-blood-cell-count/basics/definition/SYM-20050615 ...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?

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?

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

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What can help a low white blood cell count? My hair is breaking off about 2 inches from the scalp and i think it is due to my prior insufficient diet

What can help a low white blood cell count? My hair is breaking off about 2 inches from the scalp and i think it is due to my prior  insufficient diet

Need to see doctor: How low is your white blood count? Treatment depends on the cause- this can be due to chronic infections, nutrient deficiencies, bone marrow problems or toxins. This should be evaluated by a doctor. Make sure you are eating a healthy diet & supplement with a quality multivitamin; biotin and essential fatty acids may help hair. Herbs like astragalus & ashwagandha may help raise your white count. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low white blood cell count?

What are the causes of low white blood cell count?

Multiple causes: Low production due to bone marrow failure, side effects of some drugs, excessive destruction in auto-immune disorders, enlarged spleen from any cause etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/complete-blood-count/my00476. ...Read more

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What are the causes for low white blood cell count?

What are the causes 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 are the causes of low white blood cell count in aids victims?

What are the causes of low white blood cell count in aids victims?

Virus infection.: The aids virus specifically infects and kills t-lymphocytes, a particular kind of white blood cell that is needed for a healthy immune system. It is the hallmark of aids and is the reason patients with aids are so prone to infections. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of low white blood cell count?

What are possible causes of 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 are some causes a low white blood cell count in a woman?

What are some causes a low white blood cell count in a woman?

Low white cell count: Viral infections often cause leukopenia (low white blood cell count). Other causes: depressed bone marrow, poisoning, chemical burns, malnutrition, chemotherapy, radiation, etc. ...Read more

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What are the causes of low white blood cell count in children?

Often a virus!: While blood cell count can be low with viral infections. Important to make sure that the red blood cell count and hemoglobin are normal and that the while blood cells are normal in appearance. If wbc, rbc and platelets are low, intervention by hematologist is necessary and may require bone marrow. Low WBC should be followed and return to normal when over the viral infection! ...Read more