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Forum Name: Hematology Topics
Question: Low WBC and RBC
|Cheri Arends - Sun Apr 15, 2007 8:24 am||
43 yr old female. Healthy, although I probably drink too much wine. Only meds are the occasional Xanax. Vegetarian.Herpes with very rare (1x /yr) outbreaks. Some lefthand side pain, mainly if I eat alot of processed foods.Repeat labs came back worse than the first.
Differentials in normal range although Lymphocyte almost high at 39.8
What could this mean and what can I expect at my followup?
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Apr 17, 2007 8:52 pm||
Your WBC count is only minimally low. There are a few possibilities to explain your labs. It may be that you have recently had a virus that has suppressed your bone marrow some. This is very common.
Your WBC count is only minimally low. I would not be particularly worried about this; however, it would be good to check it again in 4-6 weeks or so.
Your slightly low hemoglobin/hematocrit may also be due to some mild viral suppression or possible a deficiency of folate or vitamin B12 given your slightly high MCV. (B12 deficiency is pretty rare and most commonly seen in alcoholics-not those who have an occasional glass of wine but those who truly drink excessively.
I would suggest that you have a repeat CBC in a month or so if you do not have any other symptoms.
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