So these past few months, when I've gotten blood tests for other reasons, I've always gotten my lymphocytes low, but everything else was fine. For example, i just got a blood test in the ER at the beginning of Jan. because I had fainted. My lymphocyte count was low(like 8 points below the starting normal range.). Also, I have 2 lymph nodes that have been enlarged for like a year and 3 months, and my pediatrician dismissed it as a reactive node? Any suggestion, comments?
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replied July 19th, 2010
From the National Institute of Health:

"Several factors can cause a low lymphocyte count, such as:

The body doesn't make enough lymphocytes.

The body makes enough lymphocytes, but they are destroyed due to an abnormal condition.

The lymphocytes get trapped in the spleen or lymph nodes. Lymphocytes normally pass through these organs into the blood.

A combination of the above factors.

A number of diseases, conditions, and factors can cause the above problems that lead to lymphocytopenia. These causes can be acquired or inherited.

"Acquired" means you aren't born with the condition, but you develop it. One of the most common acquired causes of lymphocytopenia is AIDS.

"Inherited" means your parents passed the gene for the condition on to you. Inherited causes include DiGeorge anomaly, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome, severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, and ataxia-telangiectasia. These inherited conditions are rare.

Lymphocytopenia can range from mild to severe. The condition alone may not cause any signs, symptoms, or serious problems.

How long lymphocytopenia lasts depends on its cause. The treatment for this condition also depends on its cause and severity. Mild lymphocytopenia may not require treatment. If an underlying condition is successfully treated, lymphocytopenia will likely improve.

If you get serious infections due to lymphocytopenia, you may need medicines or other treatments."

Sincerely/ Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

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