Leukopenia, Neutropenia

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The decrease in the white blood cells count in the human blood is known as Leukopenia. This disease affects the ability of the body to counter diseases and infections. Leukopenia Symptoms may not be detected easily. The white blood cells present in the blood do the job of protecting the body against infections and diseases. A decrease in the total white cell count is invariably due to a decrease in neutrophils and-or lymphocytes. Neutropenia may be an isolated phenomenon or as part of a pancytopenia. The number of neutrophils in the peripheral blood is influenced by several factors, including age and ethnicity. The degree of neutropenia predicts the infection risk. Neutropenia is often categorised as mild, moderate or severe, based on the level of neutrophils: mild (neutrophil count 1.0-1.5 x 109-L); moderate (neutrophil count 0.5-1.0 x 109-L); severe (neutrophil count <0.5 x 109-L). Patients with severe neutropenia are at increased risk of developing life-threatening infections. Fever or other signs of infection are a medical emergency requiring prompt treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics. The mild Leukopenia is not a matter of great worry but the severe one can allow great infections to attack a patient's body. Regular or unusual infections, particularly constant GINGIVITIS or periodontitis, might be there as Leukopenia symptoms.


Laboratory Test Procedures:

increased number and severity of infections
recurring respiratory infections
abdominal pain

Neutrophil %
Neutrophil Absolute
Lymphocyte %
Lymphocyte Absolute
Monocyte %
Monocyte Absolute
Extractable Nuclear Antigen Antibodies
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