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Low white blood cell count

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 5, 2007
  • 04:59 AM

I was wondering if anyone knows if an adolescent child can run a low WBC and it be normal for them? 15 months ago, my son's WBC was 3.9. It was rechecked 3 months later and was 4.2.

His doctor moved. We went this week for a check up with a new doctor and I explained that his previous doctor said when he goes for a check up to check this again. This time it was 3.5. The nurse said that he wasn't worried because he had a history of low WBC. I didn't have the counts from the previous doctor at that time. She said all his other results were normal including his neutrophil count.

His brother had severe joint problems but has outgrown them, as I did in my teen years. He has joint pains at times. Other than that he appears very healthy and doesn't get sick as often as the rest of us.

I would greatly appreciate any information anyone could share on this. Thanks.


I have never posted on anything like this and believe I may have originally posted in the wrong section. Excuse me.

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  • Your son should be fine, his count does not seem that low. Normal values range from 4 to 10 (These readings are in numbers or thousands) so 4K to 10K, being at 3.5K shouldn't be that big of a deal, especially if he isn't having any complications.
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  • Hi there I have had three blood test done and each time they have been low. When the first two tests where taken I had a bacterial infection at the time (which I thought should have made my blood cell count higher rather than lower?). My bood cell count at that time was 2.5. I have had another test done since then and it is now 3.5. I am mostly a healthy person except for ongoing headaches. They started about a year ago, I have been given a "cat scan"which didn't show anything. I also caught the "flue"about a month ago which hit me hard and took ages to go away. But other than the headaches, I would consider myself a healthy person. Should I be concerned about the level of my blood count or is this a normal level for some people as my doctor has said?
    N.Z Mom 1 Replies
    • August 13, 2008
    • 10:15 PM
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  • My 9yo daughter started having "migraine" headaches in June of 2007. She has had a total of 5 since then. Her doctor decided she should see a specialist. The specialist decided to do some blood work and the results came back that she has a low white blood cell count. The number is 3.26. She is an incredibly athletic girl. And seems healthy other than those headaches and now this low WBC count. We are going to have it checked again in a week. I hope this is nothing .... :(
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 19, 2008
    • 03:07 PM
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  • Years ago I had routine physical exam and was called a week later by the doctor wanting me to see a hemotologist. He was very concerned that my WBC was 2.5. I am rarely ever sick, I am a 63 year old female. I had my blood checked every month for 6 months and it went from 2.5 to 3.5, up and down. I was twice scheduled for a bone marrow biopsy (which I understand is very uncomfortable to have done), but each time the count went up to 3.5 or in that general area. Fortunately, I never had the bone marrow biopsy. I worried continuously about this for a couple of years and have just decided that I have a low white blood count and am perfectly healthy. My WBC is still low and I am very healthy.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 5, 2008
    • 10:32 PM
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  • Years ago I had routine physical exam and was called a week later by the doctor wanting me to see a hemotologist. He was very concerned that my WBC was 2.5. I am rarely ever sick, I am a 63 year old female. I had my blood checked every month for 6 months and it went from 2.5 to 3.5, up and down. I was twice scheduled for a bone marrow biopsy (which I understand is very uncomfortable to have done), but each time the count went up to 3.5 or in that general area. Fortunately, I never had the bone marrow biopsy. I worried continuously about this for a couple of years and have just decided that I have a low white blood count and am perfectly healthy. My WBC is still low and I am very healthy.I read your posting and it gave me some sense of relief. I have had low WBC for years. I am 57 yrs. old and the last blood test resulted in a 2.5. I will see a hemotologist next week. I have always been extremely healthy getting ill rarely. After reading most of the information on various websites I was very concerned about the various cancers associated with low WBC. I also suffer from frequent headaches and have found a couple of postings indicating there might be a link. Will update after my test next week.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 20, 2010
    • 04:18 PM
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