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Old 08-09-2012, 06:19 PM   #1
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Unhappy blood test results for 5 year old

My 5 year old son had a blood test a few weeks ago because we thought his blood sugar was high. It turns out that he had a low white blood cell count. They wanted him to repeat it. We repeated it this past Tues. The doctor called me today to tell me that his white blood cell count is still low, 3.2. But now his neutrophils, which I understand to be a component of white blood cells, are now also low, but was considered in the normal range the first blood test. Should I be concerned? They want to redo his blood work early next week. Im concerned because why are they low? And if it is just a crazy weird reason it is low and nothing is wrong, why now are the neutrophils low this time as well as the wbc? I understand 3.2 isn't very low, but still considered low? The netrophils I believe are at a 1. She said right now they are just being cautious. But cautious for what? She didn't want to start worrying me and start thinking of the worst case scenerio. Any information would be great.

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Re: blood test results for 5 year old

What was the reason he had the blood count done? Are there symptoms? The 3.2 WBC is not terribly low, but the neutrophil count of 1. doesn't make sense. Could you re-check that and post the number that has a % by it? Viral infections can cause both low white counts and low neutrophils, because lymphocytes are increased with viruses, and they are relative to one another, inversely. It sounds like the Dr is keeping an eye on this, which is good. If it is a virus, it should come back to normal within a week or two in most cases.

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