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Why Are My Lymphocytes Low
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 may be helpful to know the actual counts. A low count within normal limits is still normal. ...Read more
Reference ranges: The reference range for any lab value usually should include 95% of normal people. So, you could be in the 5% that are outside the range. Alternatively you could have one of several selective deficiencies in lymphocyte subclasses. If you're otherwise healthy though, they are unlikely. ...Read more
Lymphocytes are the regulators of our immune system.
Low lymphocyte count is less than 500/ mm3
this can be part of a total low white count (say bone marrow failure or plastic anemia, or after chemotherapy) or it can be caused by connective tissue disease like Lupus. Immunosuppressants, HIV, and Severe acute respiratory distress are viral causes as well.
legionella and certain zoonosis can too ...Read more
Many causes: A low lymphocyte count can be caused by many different disorders. These include radiation, chemotherapy, corticosteroids, starvation, aplastic anemia, some types of malignancies and infections, renal failure, collagen vascular disease, congenital immunodeficiency and abnormal lymphatic circulation. ...Read more
Depends: This depends upon what is abnormal. If the percentages of lymphs are low and monos high, it is likely that some stress has caused an increase of cortisol level, driving both of these changes. If the absolute levels of these cell types are abnormal, there could be a more serious infection or a bone marrow disorder that requires further investigation. ...Read more
Common causes are:
infectious diseases, such as aids, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever.
Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus. (autoimmune disorders occur if the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s cells and tissues.)
Blood cancer and other blood diseases, such as hodgkin's disease and aplastic anemia.
Radiation and chemotherapy (treatments for cancer). ...Read more
Several things: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more
Which one: Which lymphocyte? Perhaps an acute viral illness. ...Read more
What is the role of lymphocytes in the body, should I worry if I have it low? And how to boost it up?
Army intellligence: The different sorts of lymphocytes perform different regulatory tasks and generally govern the rest of the immune system for the war on disease. I trust the lymphocytes are not extremely low so as to get your physician's attention, and you've been HIV screened. Just the stress of illness or life can raise / lower the number dramatically far outside reference ranges. Don't treat a lab value. ...Read more
Not likely: Eczema which is a chronic skin condition is not likely to cause lymphopenia or low lymphocytes. The other way around the link might be there, meaning that low lymphocytes and the reason for why they are low might cause you eczema. ...Read more
Context: As a pathologist, I spend a lot of time telling other folks, "don't focus on the numbers, focus on the person." a low absolute monocyte count seldom means anything. A low percentage of monocytes may reflect a transient increase in other cells due to the slight stresses of minor illness or everyday life. If your physician is not concerned, you should not be either. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not really: Anemia does not cause elevation of lymphocytes...However the anemia and lymphocytosis may be related as those two may be caused by a particular blood disorder. For instance in a case of chronic lymphocytic leuekemia. When this chronic leukemia becomes more progressive and the cancer burden is becoming higher, anemia can happen. Mhowever, in majority other cases those 2 are not related. D/w md. ...Read more
Both white bld cells: Blood is made up of red blood cells (too few=anemia), platelets (important in clotting) and white blood cells. Normal WBC count is 4-10, 000. Most wbc's are either neutrophils (60-70%) or lymphocytes (30-40%). High neutrophils count (and thus lower lymphocytes) often means a bacterial infection. High lymphocyte ct may mean virus infection. These, of course, are only generalities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually nothing: The two physicians have already told you the truth -- only the absolute counts matter, and I would rather labs didn't report percentages at all. Only if polys and/or lymphs are far from the reference range is there any reason to be concerend. If the polys are below 1000, a workup is perhaps in order, starting with reviewing you medications. Below 500 is getting dangerous. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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