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Question: Low Neutrophil Count

 mama cherylnjerry - Mon Jan 21, 2008 8:28 am

I am 31 F and have been having lower back pain and abdominal pain lately. A blood test showed that I have a neutrophil count of 27. What does this mean and what do I need to do to improve the count. My doctor said that I probably have a silent viral infection which will go away, but I thought I should investigate this further
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:09 am

User avatar Hello Mama CherylInjerry,

The 27 number is most likely the percentage of white blood cells that are neutrophils. A normal percentage is closer to around 50-60% but 27% is not critically low, assuming that your total WBC count is not too low.

Very commonly, infections with a virus induce a shift and production of lymphocytes (another white blood cell type). When the lymphocyte count goes up, by simple increase in the total number of WBC's, the percentage of neutrophils goes down.

If there are other concerning symptoms I would recommend you have this rechecked. Otherwise, it is probably fine to simply have this rechecked the next time a reason arises.

Best wishes.


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