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Why Is My White Blood Cell Count Low
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
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
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
Infection/dehydratio: White blood cells (WBC) are those cells that help fight off infection. The most common reason for an increase is infection, but could indicate a drug reaction, or even some cancers. High red blood cell (rbc) are the cells that carry oxygen to/carbon dioxide from your bodies tissues. High count could be dehydration, heart disease, or low oxygen levels in blood. A doctor can interpret results. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is cmml, a blood disease, that is all we know high whit blood cell count and high monocyte count.
Chronic : Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (cmml) is a malignancy involving bone marrow stem cells. The median age of onset is 65 to 75 years old. Symptoms can include fever and night sweats, weight loss and feeling tired. Some people could bleed more easily or catch infections more easily. Sometimes the spleen or liver can become enlarged. The white blood cell count could become elevated and there is an increase in monocytes. Take care. ...Read more
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
Drug effect: This may be to a drug interaction for medicines or even herbal teas or supplements if it is low and there is no reason to suspect a drug also be a variant of normal you may be slightly ower than most people it is also a worrisome finding of chronic infection and even primary bone marrow tumor it should be evaluated it sometime with a good peripheral smear evaluation. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cause: There are some primary bone marrow problems that can raise WBC (eg, leukemias like cll) or platelets (pv, et). Far more likely is an inflammatory reaction such as infection causing an increase in "acute phase reactants". More context is needed. Since someone ordered the complete blood count (CBC) for a reason, what was that reason, and what was that physicians interpretation? ...Read more
Symptoms?: Without knowing why he got his blood counts checked and what those numbers actually are, it is difficult to know what it means. Your white blood cell count can be elevated when you are fighting an infection (either viral or bacterial). The higher red blood cell count (i would be more worried if this were low) could be due to dehydration (among other things). ...Read more
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
Leukopenia : Leukopenia could be a normal variant especially in African-American people. Most common causes of Leukopenia are acute virus infection, HIV, Hepatitis B and C, some bacterial infection, Vitamin b12 deficiency and medications. To make a diagnosis it's important to know the differential of WBC and also other cell lines like Red blood cells and Platelet count. Talk to your Provider for evaluation ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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