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Dr. Vasundhara IyengarHematology & Oncology

Low blood count

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There are three types of blood cells: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. 
White blood cells are responsible for fighting infection and help with healing and inflammation. 
A high white blood cell count could mean inflammation or infection. Rarely, it can be a sign of cancer.  A low white blood cell count can place you at increased risk for developing infections. Rarely, it can be a sign of cancer. 
Red blood cells carry oxygen to the body’s cells which is important for normal functioning of the body as a whole.
A high red blood cell count causes thickening of the blood Which can cause heart failure and stroke.  It can also be a sign of cancer.  A low red blood cell count can cause weakness and fatigue. 
Platelets are important for stopping bleeding after a cut or injury. 
High platelet count can cause blood to thicken which leads to stroke and blood clots. A low platelet count can cause excessive bleeding. A low platelet count can cause excessive bleeding.  Both high and low platelet counts can be a sign of cancer. 
If you have any abnormal blood counts talk with your doctor or see a specialist.