What Causes Abnormal Eosinophil Count?
Abnormal eosinophil count can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' 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 eosinophil 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 eosinophil count" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Drug Side-Effects
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis
- Parasite Infection
- Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Hodgkin's Lymphoma
- Collagen Vascular Disease
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:
chronic dry cough
history of herbicide exposure
slight diffuse bone pain
recent onset nausea
low lymphocyte count
shortness of breath when at rest
having very low melatonin levels
no blood in nipple discharge
... 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 eosinophil count:
|Collagen Vascular Disease
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
White blood Cells - Eosinophil Percentage [fraction]
→ Don't know
→ 0 to 6% [0.00-0.06] (normal)
→ 7 to 10% [0.07-0.10] (slightly elevated)
→ 11-20% [0.11-0.20] (elevated)
→ Over 20% [0.20] (high)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate normal eosinophil count, slightly elevated eosinophil count, elevated eosinophil count or highly elevated eosinophil count, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Acute Eosinophilic Leukemia (AEL) is a rare subtype of acute myeloid leukemia in which most of the cells in the blood and marrow are eosinophilic cells. Chronic Eosinophilic Leukemia (CEL) is a disease in which too many eosinophils are made in the bone marrow.
As with Hodgkin's lymphoma, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma causes eosinophilia (elevated eosinophil levels), but to a lesser degree.