Causes of Leucopenia

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What are the Causes of leucopenia?

Leucopenia can be caused by various medical conditions and intake of certain drugs.

Leucopenia is caused by one of the following-

  • Infections, such as influenza, typhoid, malaria, tuberculosis or sepsis.
  • Diseases of the bone marrow.
  • Congenital disorders like Kostmann's syndrome which is characterized by diminished bone marrow function.
  • Cancer or other diseases that damage bone marrow.
  • Autoimmune disorders like HIV or SLE that destroys white blood cells or bone marrow cells.
  • Chemotherapy- Drugs like azathioprine (given in transplant patients) can cause leucopenia. Many of the drugs which are used to treat cancer may also cause leucopenia.
  • Hypersensitivity to several commonly used medications like antibiotics (minocycline) or diuretics.
  • Nutritional deficiencies- Vitamin B12, zinc, copper and folate deficiency can lead to leucopenia.
  • Enlargement of spleen (splenomegaly)
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Radiation

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maria.26

i had ben a leucopania patient,about 10 years ago my bone marro w stops to produce wbc's then doctotrs treat me with steroids 'chemotherapy and 12 times radiation now im fine and after that got married and having 2 children the qes:is it may be revese?or wat are the precaution to safe me from this again plllz reoly me must im very needy maria sami age 29

subodhj

can we get perfect diet for leucopenia ?

scarlette

My white blood cell count is 3.6.....I have been told I have mild leucopenic....what is normal white cell count? I was diagnosed as Acquired Haemophila A 3 months ago. I am female 55yrs old. I have a have also been nuetropnic. I am on steroids and cyclophosphimde.

rahiba

if it persists for a very long time can it b fatal

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