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Question: persistent low-level leukopenia

 N8 - Tue Feb 06, 2007 2:55 pm

Hi, I am a 28 year-old male of general good health with normal weight, having no prior diagnoses or surgeries. I don't have a family history of leukopenia or blood-diseases that I am aware of, and I am not on any medications of any kind.

I had a leukapheresis done last August and my WBC was 3.95 THOU/uL, Lymphocytes 1.38 THOU/uL (I was donating WBCs). I was scheduled for another leukapheresis donation today and I had an even lower WBC of 3.67, and my Lymphocytes were 0.88 THOU/uL. Everything else was within normal range both times.

Is this a trend I should be worried about and have checked out? I have had an on and off persistent cough, but have not been significantly sick at all. How can I increase my WBC count, as I have read that a low count can increase my chance for infections.

 N8 - Tue Feb 06, 2007 3:41 pm

I should have mentioned that I have done preclinical research in mice using radioimmunotherapy for the past 5 years, and consequently have intermittent exposures to various radioisotopes including I-131, I-125, In-111,Y-90, & Lu-177. I am not sure if this could be affecting my WBC/leukocyte counts.

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