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Bleeding and Clotting Disorders

Low red and white cells

08/10/2008

Question:

What can be the causes for low red cell and white cell counts. Both values were were just below the normal ranges, but they have been consistently below for 6 months. Hem was low also. Thanks for your help.

Answer:

There are many reasons why you could have a low white count and red cell count, but it is difficult to say very much without actually seeing the blood work and being able to interview and examine you. I would suggest that you ask your physician who ordered the test these same questions to help answer your questions.

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Response by:

Spero R Cataland, MD Spero R Cataland, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University