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Question: low white blood count and spleen


 Jo Wells - Sun Sep 16, 2007 7:39 pm

My daughter had a car accident about a year ago. THe air bag deployed and hit her in the face and upper chest. Since then she has had intermitten pain in her upper body, spit up blood twice, is naucous (spelled wrong), lethargic, weak, feverish, and just plain feels bad all the time. She found out she had a low w b c in april, a 2.9. Then last month it was a 3.0. I have no idea what that means. She went to an oncologist a few weeks ago. The doctor said he didnt think it was lukemia, but could be mono or a spleen problem due to the air bag. Can she have damage to her spleen without drastic symptoms...like no tear or rupture to it that would cause these symtoms of hers? She will not know the results until a week or two. Please give me your opinion. She is 27 and a nursing student.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:10 am

User avatar Hi Jo Wells,

Airbags are strong enough to damage the spleen but by a year later it should have healed by now. I do not think the spleen will be responsible for her low WBC count.

Mononucleosis could explain all these symptoms very well. Viral infections, such as mono, can cause the WBC count to go down due to some mild bone marrow production suppression.

Best wishes.

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