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Low Blood Count in 5 year old child.

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  • Posted By: vantage
  • February 2, 2008
  • 05:08 PM

Since Sep 2007, my 5 year old boy was found to have low red cell count, low white cell count & low platelets count. He bruises easily. In Oct 2007, bone marrow aspiration & terphine biopsy was done, comment was Slightly hypocellular marrow with histocytosis consistent with post viral cytopenia.
Until now, his blood count is still low and he bruise easily, and very slow recovery from fever or infections. Other than the bruises & slow recovery & blood test reports & a bit pale, he is in fact very active.
Drs only say it's post viral syndrome, once the body recover from it, all the counts will go back to normal.
Can the post viral syndrome drag on for so long??? Would appreciate if anyone could give some advice n suggestions.

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  • Have them check his copper levels ::::::: Bruising is a sign of copper deficiency Copper deficiency is uncommon, but is sometimes found in combination with iron deficiency, especially with iron deficiency anemia. Causes & Development--------------------------------------------------------------------------------As zinc supplementaion is becoming more popular, the effect of reduced copper absorption seen with increased zinc consumption will probably make deficiencies of copper become more common.Signs & Symptoms--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Fatigue, paleness, skin sores, edema, slowed growth, hair loss, anorexia, diarrhea and dermatitis can be symptoms of copper insufficiency.The reduced red blood cell function and shortened red cell life span found with copper deficiency can influence energy levels and cause weakness and labored respiration from decreased oxygen delivery. Low copper levels may also affect collagen formation and thus tissue health and healing. Reduced thyroid function, cardiovascular disease, increased cholesterol, uric acid and blood pressure, impaired glucose tolerance, thrombosis, oxidative damage, skeletal defects related to bone demineralization and poor nerve conductivity (copper deficiency adversely affects electrocardiograms) - including irregular heart rhythms - can all result from copper depletion.Copper deficiency results in several abnormalities of the immune system, such as a reduced cellular immune response, reduced activity of white blood cells and, possibly, reduced thymus hormone production, all of which may contribute to an increased infection rate. Infants fed an all-dairy (cow's milk) diet without copper supplements may develop copper deficiency.
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  • Have them check the copper levels ::: deficiency will cause bruising AND Copper deficiency is uncommon, but is sometimes found in combination with iron deficiency, especially with iron deficiency anemia. Causes & Development--------------------------------------------------------------------------------As zinc supplementaion is becoming more popular, the effect of reduced copper absorption seen with increased zinc consumption will probably make deficiencies of copper become more common.Signs & Symptoms--------------------------------------------------------------------------------Fatigue, paleness, skin sores, edema, slowed growth, hair loss, anorexia, diarrhea and dermatitis can be symptoms of copper insufficiency.The reduced red blood cell function and shortened red cell life span found with copper deficiency can influence energy levels and cause weakness and labored respiration from decreased oxygen delivery. Low copper levels may also affect collagen formation and thus tissue health and healing. Reduced thyroid function, cardiovascular disease, increased cholesterol, uric acid and blood pressure, impaired glucose tolerance, thrombosis, oxidative damage, skeletal defects related to bone demineralization and poor nerve conductivity (copper deficiency adversely affects electrocardiograms) - including irregular heart rhythms - can all result from copper depletion.Copper deficiency results in several abnormalities of the immune system, such as a reduced cellular immune response, reduced activity of white blood cells and, possibly, reduced thymus hormone production, all of which may contribute to an increased infection rate. Infants fed an all-dairy (cow's milk) diet without copper supplements may develop copper deficiency.
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