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He went to the dr because he had a flu that wasn't getting better. No fever but sore throat, cough, congested, achy, headache, diahrea. They gave him Zpack and he started to feel better but then started feeling worse again. They took blood and the dr called him and said they found a very low white blood cell count so they took it again and along with the low count they found and immature cells so she referred him to the hospital tomorrow for more blood work. Could it be leukemia? I'm freaking out. He says he thinks its nothing but you just don't have immature blood cells and low count for nothing. He has signs of leukemia with this flu that isn't getting better, tired, and now the abnormal blood count. I catch everything he has and didn't this time which makes me think it was due to his abnormal blood work and not just a common cold/flu. The dr also told him today to watch if he gets a fever and call right away if he does. Isn't that a red flag that something is seriously wrong? I read that fever is a bad sign with Leukemia. Does the dr already suspect this is what he has?
I know it is usually high white blood cell count but I read it can be low also. They also put him on meds just recently for high blood pressure....he does drink alot so not sure if that messes with blood work.
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replied January 20th, 2011
There are multiple causes for having a low white blood cell count (chronic alcohol abuse being one of them).

If your husband's blood smear shows immature white blood cells ("blasts"), then he may require a bone marrow biopsy to determine the cause of his abnormal blood count.


Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

Author, "A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race"

A landmark, evidence-based guide to a healthy cancer-prevention lifestyle, based on cutting-edge cancer research.
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