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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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