White Blood Cell Disorder

White blood cells help fight infection in the body. Low white blood count ( leukopenia ) is most commonly caused by medications, infections especially viral, immune disorders, liver disorders or disorders of bone marrow. Sometimes a low count  may be normal for a patient esp. of African American descent. Patients require to be seen by Hematologist and may require a bone marrow test for evaluation. There are five types of white blood cells and the most significant is neutrophil / granulocyte which helps fight infection directly.

High white blood count ( leukocytosis ) is most commonly due to infection. It is not uncommon to have a mild Increase in white blood count In chronic smokers.

Patience with leococytosis need to be evaluated by a hematologist who may have to do special blood tests and a bone marrow to come to a final diagnosis