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My blood cell is 3.5 it was 3,9 Saturday and 5.2 Friday

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My white blood cell is 3.5 it was 3,9 Saturday and 5.2 Friday
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Your white blood cell count is still good in number.

But there is a downward trend.

This can be caused by a viral infection recently.

Bacterial infection also sometimes can cause drop in white blood cell count.

Since other ,labs are normal including red blood cell count, and platelets, any serious cause is very unlikely.

However, if you do get frequent infections, then your blood count should be repeated in 2 weeks and a consultation with hematologist recommended.

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Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 1 year ago.

Hi,

I have a differing opinion.

Your white blood cell count is NOT good in number as anything below 4.0 is considered as Leukopenia which is a decreased WBC count. While it can be due to a viral infection but i am more worried about the decreasing trend in the WBC count which is being shown in repeated CBC tests. This indicates that the number is ***** dropping and if it goes below 2.0, you are at an increased risk of acquiring many infections. So it would be wise to contact a hematologist NOW instead of 2 weeks later as you count could be even lower at that time. It is possible that this is just due to a viral infection as i said earlier, but it is also possible that you have an infection which is affecting all the cell lines. This would be true if your Hemoglobin and platelet count was also showing a decreasing trend in the repeated CBCs, even if they are in the normal range, that you have had done.

I would suggest a repeat CBC now and a hematologist consultation as well, before this decreases any further.

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