Your Basophil Count

What Causes Abnormal Basophil Count?

Abnormal basophil count can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'generally fatal'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose abnormal basophil count, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "abnormal basophil count" as a symptom.  Here are eight of many possibilities (more below):
  • Chickenpox
  • Splenectomy Side-Effects
  • Collagen Vascular Disease
  • CML Leukemia
  • Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Sinusitis
  • Eczema
  • Hypothyroidism

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
brittle hair
missing outer third of eyebrows
bags under eyes
macrocytic red cells
elevated eosinophil count
difficulty losing weight
yellow/yellowish fingernails
having hard stools
highly elevated lymphocyte count
frequent swollen cervical nodes
stress-induced arthritis
itchy/scaly nipples
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal basophil count:
Cause Probability Status
Sinusitis 96% Confirm
CML Leukemia 27% Unlikely
Eczema 15% Unlikely
Splenectomy Side-Effects 1% Ruled out
Hypothyroidism 1% Ruled out
Chickenpox 1% Ruled out
Collagen Vascular Disease 0% Ruled out
Hodgkin's Lymphoma 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
White Blood Cells - Basophil Percentage [fraction]
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ 0 to 2% [0.00-0.02] (normal)
→ 3 to 5% [0.03-0.05] (somewhat elevated)
→ 6 to 10% [0.06-0.10] (elevated)
→ Over 10% [0.10] (high)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate normal basophil count, somewhat elevated basophil count, elevated basophil count or highly elevated basophil count, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Eczema

Various chronic forms of dermatitis can increase basophil levels.

Progesterone Low or Estrogen Dominance

Increased estrogen can raise basophil levels.

Sinusitis

Chronic sinusitis can raise basophil levels.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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