|Lymphopenia- please answer!
Mar 17, 2002
Does Lymphopenia usually manifest itself in a low total white blood cell count? Or does it occur when the white blood cell count is normal to high with a low lymphocyte percentage? I have looked and looked for this answer myself without any luck. I always thought that people with HIV have lower than normal total WBC so then they will also have lymphopenia and possibly neutropenia. Is this true? Thanks.
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
Lymphopenia can occur in the presence of a normal WBC. This can be for a variety of reasons, including HIV infection. HIV infection can have normal WBC and lymphocyte percentage and absolute counts.
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