Complications of leukopenia
The white blood cells' low recount puts the body into a high risk of infection situation, against which it is unprotected. For this reason, and although leukopenia itself is not deadly, it can bring along complications that can lead to death.
During the whole duration of leukopenia, the body is uncapable of dealing with any type of infection. Furthermore, due to the fact that a great majority of symptoms suffered during an infection are caused by the activity of the immune system, a great risk exists of infections being difficult to detect in patients with low leukocyte recounts, so stimulating its development.
The difficulty in which the immune system finds itself to fight infections can result in a slowdown of reactions. A common example is the reduction of the inflammatory response, the function of which is to prevent or hinder bacterial invasion. Because of the inflamation slowdown, the advance of infectious agents is not hampered.
The spots which are usually most affected by infections are due to the body's reduced defense capability are the digestive tract, the lungs, the skin and the mucous zones.
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