White Blood Cell Disorders

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What Is Benign Ethnic Neutropenia?

Benign ethnic neutropenia is asymptomatic low neutrophil counts in people of African descent. Benign ethnic neutropenia (BEN) is a condition without any symptoms commonly observed in people of African or Middle Eastern descent. It is defined by a...

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Symptoms of Leukopenia

Leukopenia, which is having a low white blood cell (WBC) count, typically have no symptoms. However, it can lead to a higher risk of infections. Leukopenia occurs when your white blood cell (WBC) count is low. White blood cells are a vital part of...

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What Is Agranulocytosis?

Agranulocytosis lowers the body’s ability to produce white blood cells called granulocytes. Granulocytes are immune cells released to fight disease. White blood cells are the powerhouse of the immune system. There are several types of white blood...

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White Blood Cell Disorders

Disorders such as neutropenia and eosinophilia can affect your white blood cells. Understanding your diagnosis can help you make the best treatment choices.

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What Is a Blood Smear?

A blood smear is a test in which the different types of blood cells are evaluated under a microscope. Learn about its uses and what the results might mean. A blood smear, also referred to as a peripheral smear for morphology, is an important test...

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Causes of Low White Blood Cell Count in Babies

Find out about the symptoms and treatment of autoimmune neutropenia, a condition that may be causing your infant to have a low white blood cell count. During your child's one-year-old medical exam it is not unusual for your pediatrician to send for...

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An Overview of Eosinophilia

Learn how parasite infections, medications, asthma, can be some of the causes of Eosinophilia, which is elevated numbers of eosinophils in the blood. Eosinophilia is the technical name for an increased eosinophil count. Eosinophils are a type of...

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How Monocytes Function in the Body

Monocytes are the white blood cells that form macrophages and dendritic cells, but they also have other important roles in health and disease. Monocytes are a type of white blood cell. Like other white blood cells, monocytes are important in the...

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