Low Wbc Count

White blood cells fight against infections affecting the body and strengthen immunity. Leukopenia is a condition where there is a decreased number of white blood cells in the blood. The common signs observed are high fever, sweating, and chills. Leukopenia occurs due to bone marrow problems due to cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy due to infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, autoimmune disorders, malnutrition, and viral infections. It is treated by taking medications against infections causing leukopenia, and growth factors are given to induce the body to produce enough white blood cells.

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Can you please confirm my friend's diagnosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a general practitioner. I would like to consult with you regarding my friend, who has a normochromic normocytic anemia. His hemoglobin is currently 7.5. His diagnosis is not clear. I have all his laboratory data and bone marrow biopsy as well as aspiration if you want. He used to tak...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. One thing for sure is that he is having periodic hemolysis with adequate bone marrow response and he has a severe vitamin B12 deficiency. His corrected RPI (reticulocyte production index) is 2.7%, which means that his bone marrow is responding to the anemia appr...  Read Full »

I have low white blood cells and anisocytosis after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a low white blood cell count for about 15 months. It hovers around the threshold for neutropenia and lymphopenia but is always down. A blood film today shows mild anisocytosis, which was also the case at least six months ago when it was last checked. I have been undergoing o...  Read Full »


Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I reviewed your data (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Your EBV (Epstein-Barr virus) serology was positive, along with leukopenia. Viruses are pretty notorious for causing cytopenias of varying degrees. Now your system is recovering from that e...  Read Full »

I have low white blood count and elevated lymphocytes. What may be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I have low white blood count for a year and elevated lymphocytes. I was under Metoprolol medication for six months and stopped it two months ago. I am also being treated for enlarged cervical lymph nodes. What may be the reason? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Following is my opinion for your asked question. In your attached reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), the only notable finding is mild leukopenia, which means low white blood cell (WBC) count. There are many causes for low WBC count like an ...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment plan based on my father's blood report.

Query: Hi doctor, I would like to get a consultation regarding my father. His blood report showed hemoglobin (optical/impedance) 12.4 g%, platelet count (optical/impedance) 93 10^3/cubic mm, WBC count (optical/impedance) 3.6 10^3/cubic mm, packed cell volume (calculated) 36%, serum vitamin B 12 472 ng/L. ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows. There are mild anemia, low white blood cell count, and low platelet count. All counts are considered adequate clinically, as they are near normal. It could be early features of megaloblastic anemia. As vitamin B12 levels ar...  Read Full »

I want to know whether a girl with low WBC has difficulty getting pregnant.

Query: Hello doctor, I want to marry a girl, but she has low white blood cells range. My family is not allowing me to get married to her. They are saying that she is unhealthy and cannot get pregnant. Please guide me.  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Let me start by saying that, you can go ahead and marry. WBC (white blood cell) count has no connection with her getting pregnant. But I would be interested in what is this low range you are measuring. There is nothing much to worry about the reduction of WBC only. If co...  Read Full »

Will TB treatment affect my HIV test results?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex before 1.5 years. I was in deep mental stress after that with no proper food. After seven months, I got admitted to a hospital with skin rashes, headache and vomitings. Doctors tested and confirmed that I got meningitis TB and given treatment for 10 days. I was asked...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unprotected sexual exposure is a risk factor for multiple STDs (sexually transmitted disease), including HIV. However, the risk is quite low ranging from 0.02 to 0.04%. HIV infection has a window period of one to three months during which the test results can be false ...  Read Full »

What is the window period for HIV testing?

Query: Hello doctor,Three months back, I had an exposure with a girl whose HIV (human immunodeficiency syndrome) status is unknown. During the intercourse, my condom is halfway slipped, and I stopped doing it when I masturbate. I felt pain and had a slight injury under my foreskin. What are the chances of ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The window period is 12 weeks after the exposure, and any test done beyond this is considered definitive. The 4th generation HIV test detects both p24 antigen and antibodies as well. Hence the test does not rely only on antibody production and is more accurate even a...  Read Full »

Why is my WBC count low even after being on a healthy diet?

Query: Hi doctor, I hope you are well and safe. I did a blood test, but my white blood cells are always a bit low. I feel good as I train and eat healthily, but it has been four years that I have this low cell count between 3.2 and 3.6. Is it anything serious? Thank you in advance.  Read Full »


Dr. Elina Angelova Beleva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have reviewed your test results. Other than neutrophil count and folate levels, there is nothing worrisome. Given the fact that you have no symptoms (more specifically fatigue, night sweats, appetite, and weight loss), the low neutrophil count might be either const...  Read Full »

Why did my WBC level drop suddenly?

Query: Hi doctor, I need help badly. I am concerned I have some infection. My WBC are 3.7. It did not drop that low until I moved into an area that has environmental issues. I do not know how to express this. I have headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and rashes, but I do not know what is more disturbin...  Read Full »


Dr. Shubadeep Debabrata Sinha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for your query. At the outset, I feel sorry for your predicament for the lack of attention. Based on your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), it does not appear to be an emergency condition; hence the ER may not be helping much. Howe...  Read Full »

How to get rid of fever, body pain, and headache?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past four days, I have body ache, headache and 102 degrees Fahrenheit fever. I am taking Augmentin 375 thrice a day and Paracetamol every three to four hours. Fever comes down to 100, but again increases to 102 once the effect of Paracetamol gets over. I feel so weak. Please sugg...  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H. Mavani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are having fever for three to four days and not having any improvement, then do one blood test CBC with MP (complete blood count with metabolic panel) and one urine routine test. From history it looks like you have viral fever. If the platelet count is low in...  Read Full »

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