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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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drawing blood: No, not if performed correctly.Get a more detailed answer ›
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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!
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!
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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!
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.
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