Our expert says:
Usually if we suspect a problem with red or white blood cells or platelets and we can't find the reason in the blood, the next step would be to take a sample of the bone marrow - usually in the breastbone or the hip bone to see if there is a problem with bone marrow making cells. They also may draw bloods to exclude certain infections and nutritional deficiencies, and may do a sonar of the spleen.
Low white cell counts can be caused by chemotherapy, radiation therapy, leukemia, myelofibrosis and aplastic anemia. Some medications can cause leukopenia - usually immunosuppressive drugs used for auto-immune diseases. Some common infections can also cause low white cells: Influenza, systemic lupus erythematosus, typhus, malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, Dengue fever, Tick bite fever. Enlargement of the spleen can cause premature breakdown of white cells. Certain nutritional shortages can also cause a low white cell count: vit B6 , copper and zinc.
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