Posted by: Tseli | 2018/06/05


Low white cells count

My white cells count was 600 and after discharge from the hospital was up to 1.5 I was admitted because of high temperature 39 degrees and chills. The Following tests were done and all came negative : Malaria, HIV, Ultrasound upper abdomen, bone marrow, cancer, X-Ray chest, PA and Lateral, CT Paranasal sinuses and Celiac disease.. I really don't what to do to find the root cause of my low white cells count as doctors I have seen don't know what to do anymore besides telling me that my life is at risk. Please help.

Expert's Reply


Cancer expert
- 2018/06/07

Dear Tseli, your doctors are right – having a continuous low white blood cell count could endanger one’s life as one is prone to infections. Underlying causes could include vitamin deficiencies. It could also be caused by viral infections that temporarily disrupt one’s bone marrow from doing its job. Other causes could include:

·                  Aplastic anaemia

·                  Chemotherapy

·                  HIV/Aids

·                  Hypersplenism (an abnormality of the spleen causing blood cell destruction)

·                  Kostmann's syndrome (a congenital disorder involving low production of neutrophils)

·                  Leukaemia

·                  Lupus

·                  Malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies

·                  Myelodysplastic syndromes

·                  Myelokathexis (a congenital disorder involving failure of neutrophils to enter the bloodstream)

·                  Radiation therapy

·                  Rheumatoic arthritis and other autoimmune disorders

·                  Tuberculosis (and other infectious diseases)

I would suggest that you request your treating physician to refer you to a specialist who could do various tests to determine and treat the cause of your low white blood cell count. (MCH).

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