Neutropenia

Neutrophils are a type of white blood cell that helps to fight against harmful bacteria attacking the body. They are produced in the bone marrow. Neutropenia is a condition presenting with a low level of neutrophils in the blood. Neutropenia can occur due to chemotherapy, bone marrow disorders, vitamin B12 deficiency, and autoimmune diseases like Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Neutropenia can be treated by taking antibiotics for infection and taking drugs for making bone marrow produce more neutrophils. In some cases, a bone marrow transplant is done.

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What is the etiology for absolute low count neutrophils?

Query: Hello doctor, What does it mean when neutrophils are at an absolute low (1.3)?  Read Full »


Dr. Atul Sardar Narayankar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. An absolute low count of neutrophils, which are the body's immune cells can occur post-infection mostly viral, as well as in bone marrow diseases and post-chemotherapy. For more information consult an internal medicine physician online --> https://icliniq.com./ask...  Read Full »

Why my son's WBC, echinocytes, lymphocytes, and neutrophils counts are low?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a two-year-old male child. He gets frequent colds and illnesses since infancy. He also took three courses of antibiotics to clear an ear infection. He has dropped from seventh percentile weight to third percentile weight, now gaining back to the eighth percentile. Weight loss and e...  Read Full »


Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. If we analyze your data, a raised IgE (immunoglobulin E) shows he has some allergies. Raised IgG (immunoglobulin G) shows, he has got recent infections. Low WBC (white blood cells) and low neutrophils are probably due to antibiotic-induced suppr...  Read Full »

Can DPT vaccine cause neutropenia?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 15 years. He got his DTaP vaccine two weeks ago and had CBC 20 days later. All came well except neutrophil count, which came back as 800 and total WBC 2500. We are going to repeat the test tomorrow. Can the vaccine be the cause for the neutropenia? And if so, how long will it ...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: I doubt the vaccine could be the cause of neutropenia (neutrophil count less than normal). Though it can take place in some case like Influenza virus vaccine, but with DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis) have not been...  Read Full »

What can be the reason for the fluctuation of absolute neutrophil count in my 2-year-old daughter?

Query: Hello doctor,My 2-year-old daughter is having fluctuations in her absolute neutrophil count. She does not have any signs of infection or fever. What can be the reason for these fluctuations? Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to ilciniq.com. I went through the report of your child (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Everything is normal in her report. Actually, in infants and young children, the immunity is antibody-mediated (humoral immunity). It is because of repeated vaccin...  Read Full »

Is neutropenia associated with pain and fatigue?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 37 years old female with intermittent low-grade fever, chronic fatigue, and generalized pain. My CBC shows neutropenia for the past 3 to 5 years.My pain and fatigue are getting worse. Can you help me with this?  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Kackar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would like to know if there are any localizing symptoms like cough, diarrhea or constipation, or burning sensation while passing urine. Are your periods regular? Are your stress levels normal? Do you have a loss of appetite or noticed weight loss in recent years? H...  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 »

What are the cause of my high lymphocyte count and low neutrophil count?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32-year-old female who weighs about 128 lbs. I had blood work done suggested by a weight loss doctor. The doctor requires routine blood work once a year. I noticed that five of my results came back out of range. My cholesterol has been high for years now. I think it is genetic. My...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Sorry for the late reply. Following is my opinion on your asked question. In the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), lymphocyte count is high, and neutrophils are relatively low due to high lymphocytes. Total cholesterol and LDL (Low-de...  Read Full »

What can cause neutropenia in an infant?

Query: Hello doctor, My baby boy is 3.5 months old. When he was 38 days old, he got a fever. I went to the hospital and the doctor said any infant who has fever without any other symptoms may have meningitis and so lumbar puncture was performed. It was positive and the WBC was 570 (clear), monomorph 80% an...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query and attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), my opinion is as follows: Your baby boy probably had viral meningitis looking at the positive WBC and high monomorph along with a negative culture. Now, that he does not have any f...  Read Full »

Why is my neutrophil number dropping?

Query: Hi doctor, I recently had my blood tests done for unexplained bruising, mouth sores, muscle pain and headaches. The neutrophil number came back as low of 1.2. I looked back at my past laboratory results and the neutrophil number has been dropping as follows. First it was 3.4, then 3.2, 2.9, 2.7, 2.1...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H. Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: If the immune system were being affected, then I would like to look at the whole picture of WBC count (white blood cell) and decide. Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease and in chronic diseases, the lymphocytes increase. ...  Read Full »

Do I have leukemia?

Query: Hi doctor, My blood test shows lymphocytes 60% where the normal range is 20% to 45%. I had immunophenotyping and the values are CD23 - 2.11%, CD19 - 0.30% and CD5 - 79.9%. What does it indicate? Am I a leukemia patient? Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would also like to know the total leukocyte count, platelets, RBC (red blood cell) count. Did you have ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate)? Is this the only CBC (complete blood count) you ever had? Is there any fever, chills or weight loss? Please answer these quest...  Read Full »

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