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.

In severe cases of leukopenia, septicaemia, a serious and widespread infection of the body, can occur.

Causes Diagnosis

What is

Leukopenia is a low recount of white blood cells.

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Symptoms

Leukopenia can show several symptoms and frequent infections.

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Causes

The majority of chemotherapy treatments can cause leukopenia as a secondary effect.

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Complications

Throughout the duration of leukopenia, the body cannot fight infections.

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Diagnosis

A complete haemogram is the easiest way to diagnose leukopenia.

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Treatment

The treatment for leukopenia usually starts with vitamins and steroids.

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Prevention

Periodic blood analysis help detect problems in leukocytes before any symptoms appear.

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Home remedies

Vitamin rich food helps the body recover from leukopenia.

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