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What would cause a WBC Count of 2.8

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What would cause a WBC Count of 2.8?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Cameron replied 7 years ago.
How many times was this tested?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I just had a GYN annual check-up one week ago and asked to have my blood work done. Two years ago-my CBC & thorough labwork from my internist was all normal. Hx of anemia when I was a child. I have hot flashes with menopause (~ 4 years now) & chose not to get HRT.
Expert:  Dr. Cameron replied 7 years ago.
Well, what you have is leukopenia (deficiency of white blood cells). The most common reason for this would be lab error- which is why I asked you how many times they tested your blood. Another common reason would be a viral infection which affected the production of white blood cells.
More serious causes would include, HIV, histoplasmosis, aplastic anemia, drugs, lupus, leukemia, rheumatoid arthritis, vitamin deficiencies, just to name a few. However, in these cases, you would be showing other symptoms.
I would get the labs redone in about 1 month. If they are still low, then you need to be worked up for this- the doctor would be a hematologist..

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