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Why do I need to see a hematologist with a low white blood cell count?

Why do I need to see a hematologist with a low white blood cell count?

Different causes: Many diffferent conditions can give you low white blood cells- from the most benign one such as race difference, congenital to the most serious one such as leukemia/ or other bone marrow problems. Hematologist is a type of doctor who evaluates and manages various blood disorders and able to differentiate one problem to the other and would help your sort out the problem with your low white cells. ...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?

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 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

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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 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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I'm 23 years old, 6ft, 145lbs. I have a low white blood cell count. What does this lead to and how can I boost my immune system?

I'm 23 years old, 6ft, 145lbs. I have a low white blood cell count. What does this lead to and how can I boost my immune system?

Low white blood cell: It really depends on how low your white blood cell count is. Simply having a low normal white blood cell count doesn't mean your immune system is not functioning. For many people the white blood cells are not in the blood vessels themselves but are out in the periphery and those people often times rarely get ill. Check with your doctor to see if your white blood cell count is worrisome or not. ...Read more

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What causes a low red blood cell count, a low white blood cell count, and low blood sugar?

What causes a low red blood cell count, a low white blood cell count, and low blood sugar?

How low?: 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 as low is not a unit of measure.
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, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Why do kids develop a low white blood cell count?

Why do kids develop a low white blood cell count?

Several ways: White blood cells are created by the bone marrow, so anything that suppresses bone marrow affects white blood cells. Some viral illnesses such as mono can do it, as well as an overwhelming bacterial infection. Some children naturally have low white cell counts. Others have genetic cycles where the white count gets very low. Occasionally a bone marrow disease such as leukemia is responsible. ...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 symptoms are there from having a low white blood cell count?

Often none : If the white blood cells do not decrease below a certain threshold, there may be no symptoms. Profile indicates Clozaril (clozapine) which may cause agranulocytosis(neutropenia). Symptoms can present insidiously with oral ulcerations +/- fever. Sepsis can be the initial presentation in abrupt cases. Monitor WBC count soon after starting therapy and frequently in first 3 months of therapy. ...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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Can hep c cause a low white blood cell count?

Can hep c cause a low white blood cell count?

How low?: In a round about way, yes. Hepatitis C is a common cause of cirrhosis. Scarring of the liver causes splenic enlargement, and an enlarged spleen, from any cause, can cause reduction in white blood cells.
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. 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. ...Read more

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Is it true that a low white blood cell count be a sign of cancer?

Is it true that a low white blood cell count be a sign of cancer?

Possibly: While other diseases can cause low white blood cell counts, the possibility of cancer in the bone marrow is always raised when this is seen. Cancer cells can replace the normal cells of the bone marrow. The normal cells produce mature circulating blood cells (white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets). If they are compromised, so are their products. ...Read more

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Can a low white blood cell count (caused by immunosuppressant injection) cause daily nausea?

Can a low white blood cell count (caused by immunosuppressant injection) cause daily nausea?

Nausea more likely : Is from side effect of your immunosuppressants & other meds and possibly stomach irritation and not from the low white count. Take care ! ...Read more

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Can someone very skinny (borderline to anorexic) and with a low white blood cell count undergo (possibly agressive) chemotherapy procedure?

Can someone very skinny (borderline to anorexic) and with a low white blood cell count undergo (possibly agressive) chemotherapy procedure?

Certainly: Oncology will monitor your condition closely throughout. Get all your questions answered by them before start. Be well and hope you get better. Stay positive! ...Read more

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Recent blood test shows I have a low white blood cell count. All other indicators are normal. What causes this and what do I do to fix it. 45yr, 85kg?

Recent blood test shows I have a low white blood cell count. All other indicators are normal. What causes this and what do I do to fix it. 45yr, 85kg?

Recheck WBC NO Fixes: I see this all the time in my practice= low WBC (white blood count). It may be normal if you have no other signs/symptoms. What is important is the trend--is your WBC count dropping over time? So my initial advice is to re-check in 1 month (with a WBC differential). Referral to a hematologist is needed if: WBC continues to drop, 'abnormal cells' on differential, low red cells or platelets. ...Read more

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Gastritis, esophogitis, hiatial hernia and a low white blood cell count, what to do?

What to do?: A hiatal hernia with gastritis and esophagitis is not usually related to a low white blood count.Since this combination is generally unusual, a thorough evaluation and examination is essential. An evaluation by your primary physician as well as a consultation with both a gastroenterologist and hematologist may be necessary to sort things out. Start with and evaluation by your primary physician. ...Read more

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What to do if I have gastritis, esophogitis, hiatial hernia and a low white blood cell count?

What to do if I have gastritis, esophogitis, hiatial hernia and a low white blood cell count?

GI consult: May be best to see a gastroenterologist for a consultation. Ok to try over the counter anti acid medication in the meantime. Hope this helps! ...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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How can I help my child who has a low white blood cell count?

How can I help my child who has a low white blood cell count?

Follow up: The best answer i can give is to be sure to follow up with appointments and blood tests. There could be a number of reasons for low white blood count, some of them serious and some not, and the best thing one can do is to be sure the child has close follow-up with the pediatrician. If the cause is known to be an immune deficiency, then keeping good hygiene is very important. ...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 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 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