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How can spleen problems cause low levels of white blood cells?

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The spleen makes white blood cells. Infections, blood clots, and other problems with the spleen can make it swell and not work the way it should. This will drop your white blood cell count.

From: Why Is My White Blood Cell Count Low? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: "What Are White Blood Cells?"

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Understanding Blood Cell Counts."

American Cancer Society: "Understanding Your Lab Test Results."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Understanding Blood Counts."

Mayo Clinic: "Low white blood cell count," "Neutropenia," "Enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)," "Bone marrow biopsy and aspiration."

LabTestsOnline.org: "White Blood Cell Count."

Scientific American : "Even at Low Levels, Benzene Takes Toll on White Blood Cells."

Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology : "Pesticide exposure, risk factors and health problems among cutflower farmers: a cross sectional study."

National Cancer Institute: "Infection and Neutropenia During Cancer Treatment."

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation: "HIV 101: Understanding HIV."

American Society of Hematology: "Blood Basics."

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 26, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: "What Are White Blood Cells?"

The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center: "Understanding Blood Cell Counts."

American Cancer Society: "Understanding Your Lab Test Results."

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: "Understanding Blood Counts."

Mayo Clinic: "Low white blood cell count," "Neutropenia," "Enlarged spleen (splenomegaly)," "Bone marrow biopsy and aspiration."

LabTestsOnline.org: "White Blood Cell Count."

Scientific American : "Even at Low Levels, Benzene Takes Toll on White Blood Cells."

Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology : "Pesticide exposure, risk factors and health problems among cutflower farmers: a cross sectional study."

National Cancer Institute: "Infection and Neutropenia During Cancer Treatment."

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation: "HIV 101: Understanding HIV."

American Society of Hematology: "Blood Basics."

Reviewed by William Blahd on November 26, 2017

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