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.
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:
|Collagen Vascular Disease||97%||Confirm|
|Low Progesterone||4%||Ruled out|
|Polycythemia Vera||2%||Ruled out|
|Dermatitis Herpetiformis||0%||Ruled out|
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)
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.
Various chronic forms of dermatitis can increase basophil levels.
Increased estrogen can raise basophil levels.
Chronic sinusitis can raise basophil levels.