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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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 »

What does neutropenia mean?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had my blood test and the results came back that I had mild neutropenia. It has got me a little concerned since this has been present on my last two blood tests with the lymphocyte count being significantly higher, but still within the normal upper limits. I have had no in...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on your query, my opinion is as follows: Neutropenia is reduced neutrophils in the blood. Neutrophil is one of the five types of white blood cells (WBC) in the blood. Normally, when the instrument counts the WBC, it counts 500 cells and divides the type of cells. If...  Read Full »

Can Paracetamol and Ibuprofen cause neutropenia in children?

Query: Hello doctor, My 10-month-old baby had a viral infection with roseola infantum. It started fever 38.5 degrees and 39 degrees measured rectally on the second day treated with Ibuprofen 3.5 ml and Paracetamol (Panadol) 4 ml administrated after 6 hours (almost three days of treatment). The third day, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The low count may be because of the disease process and less likely the Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. Another reason can also be the way the sample was collected (although I am not very sure about it). Do not worry about it if the child is currently fine. However, I would a...  Read Full »

My neutrophil is getting lowered constantly. Is it leukemia?

Query: Hello doctor,I have lowering (variable) neutrophil for past two years. The count is like 2.6, 2.3, 2.0, 2.43, 1.91 being recent, which is lower than usual. The other counts like lymphocytes, platelets, and hemoglobin, RBC are all within range. My only problem is I am getting recurring cold. In the l...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to the icliniq.com. Your absolute neutrophil count is borderline low in the recent report. In the value of the previous description was within the range that is more than two. So it cannot be called persistent neutropenia because the normal range is more than two. Anyway, your perip...  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 re...  Read Full »

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