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Is a low white blood cell count dangerous?
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Dr. Jason Black
Internal Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jason Black
Dr. Jason Black
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Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Low white blood cell count is medically known as 'leukopenia' (Latin: leuko=white, penia=paucity or low). {most medical terms have roots in Latin). Other causes could include connective tissue disease (such as systemic lupus erythemattosis--SLE), myelofibrosis of speen and liver, many chemotherapuetic agents (agents which kill the fastest dividing cells, which are usually the cancer cells).
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Internal Medicine
In brief: Could be
Depending on how low the count is and why you have low counts

In brief: Could be
Depending on how low the count is and why you have low counts
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
Dr. Dustin Colegrove
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