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):
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Polycythemia Vera
  • Chickenpox
  • Collagen Vascular Disease
  • Asthma
  • Myelofibrosis
  • Low Progesterone
  • 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:
genital sores
major right iliac pain after food
being underweight
pear-shaped body when overweight
low progesterone level
short-term memory failure
frequent stools
poor cold weather tolerance
joint pain/swelling/stiffness
animal-derived thyroid hormone use
elevated estrogen levels
occasional mucus in stools
... and more than 100 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
Polycythemia Vera 90% Confirm
Hypothyroidism 15% Unlikely
Chickenpox 14% Unlikely
Crohn's Disease 0% Ruled out
Asthma 0% Ruled out
Myelofibrosis 0% Ruled out
Low Progesterone 0% Ruled out
Collagen Vascular Disease 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:
Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML)

Basophil levels are normally very low, but a high basophil count can indicate a problem with the production and growth of blood cells in the bone narrow, as occurs in myeloproliferative disorders.

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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