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Information on Haematology
Jun 29, 2000

I would just like to find out if there is any treatment that can cause the following to rise if the count was low.

- netrophillia (I am not sure of the spelling)

- white cells

- lymphocytes

These were counted low in a female infant and she is 11 months old. The doctor we consulted now wants to draw blood from her twice a week for 6 weeks until her count is up again. We are looking for some additional information before we decide to put her through all this blood drawing, because it really causes her pain.Also, is there any danger involved in this??

Response from Dr. Luzuriaga

Neutrophils and lymphocytes are types of white blood cells that fight infection. Low white blood cell counts increase the risk of some infections. When doctors detect white blood cell counts below certain levels, they usually monitor the white blood cell counts more frequently and do additional tests to see why the white blood cell counts are so low. It sounds as if this is what your child's provider has recommended. Usually, these tests can be done on small amounts of blood and will not represent any additional risk to your child. There are many different causes of low white blood cell counts (certain infections, some medications, etc) and determining the cause will help determine the appropriate treatment.

Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.


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