What Causes Abnormal Neutrophil Count?
Abnormal neutrophil 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 neutrophil 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 neutrophil count" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Chediak-Higashi Syndrome
- Essential Thrombocythemia
- Vitamin B12 Need
- Radiation Poisoning
- Fanconi Anemia
- Hemolytic Anemia
- Polycythemia Vera
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:
somewhat elevated basophil count
macrocytic red cells
severe muscle weakness
major unexplained weight loss
medium-term vegan diet
having had a small bowel resection
not supplementing B12
... and more than 20 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 neutrophil count:
|Vitamin B12 Need
* 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 - Neutrophil Percentage [fraction]. If you only have the absolute neutrophil count (ANC), divide white blood cell count (WBC) by ANC, and multiply by 100.
→ Don't know
→ Under 40% [0.40] (low)
→ 40 to 70% [0.40-0.70] (normal)
→ 71 to 80% [0.71-0.80] (elevated)
→ Over 80% [0.80] (high)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate low neutrophil count, normal neutrophil count, elevated neutrophil count or highly elevated neutrophil count, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
|Neutropenia also suggests the following possibilities:|Aplastic Anemia
|Aplastic anemia reduces the bone marrow's ability to produce white blood cells.|Chemotherapy Side-Effects
|The most common reason that cancer patients experience neutropenia is as a side-effect of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia typically occurs 3-7 days following administration of the chemotherapy drugs and continues for several days before recovering to normal levels. Infrequently, cancer patients may also experience neutropenia from other medications or as a consequence of their underlying cancer.|Leukemia
|Leukemia causes decreased production of neutrophils because they are crowded out of the bone marrow by the early forms of white blood cells.|Sepsis
|Neutropenia can be caused by widespread, severe bacterial infection that causes pus formation or bacteria in the blood, which in turn leads to increased destruction of neutrophils.|Neutrophilia
|Neutrophilia also suggests the following possibilities:|Essential Thrombocythemia
|Essential thrombocythemia is a myeloproliferative disorder that causes proliferation of bone marrow cells.|Polycythemia Vera
|Polycythemia vera is a myeloproliferative disorder that causes proliferation of bone marrow cells.|