Leukopenia

Image is observed, from left to right, an erythrocyte, platelet and leukocyte

The leukopenia is the decreased number of white blood cells or leukocytes, the disease-fighting cells that circulate in the blood.

The normal number of white blood cells varies depending on factors such as age and sex. In an adult male, the number of leukocytes vary from 4500-11000 in each microliter of blood. Children have a slightly higher amount of white blood cells. Leukopenia occurs when the number of leukocytes falls below 5000 leukocytes per microliter of blood due to some internal or external factors.

Symptoms

Symptoms begin to show only in severe cases of leucopenia. These symptoms may include anemia, menorrhagia, fatigue, etc. Read more →

Causes

The main causes of leukopenia are leukemia, lupus, chemotherapy and radiation treatment and AIDS. Read more →

Complications

The low number of leukocytes in the blood can make patients more susceptible to infections. Read more →

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of leukopenia can be done with a simple blood draw. This blood test called a complete blood count (CBC). Read more →

Treatment

Leukopenia is treated by stimulating the bone marrow so that the white blood cells may occur. Read more →