Your T4 Helper Cell Level

What Causes Low T4 Helper Cell Levels?

Low T4 helper cell levels can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'very serious' to 'critical'.  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 low T4 helper cell levels, 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 "low T4 helper cell levels" as a symptom.  For example, HIV/AIDS.

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:
moderate unexplained weight loss
herpes type II
extreme sensitivity to touch
very frequent stools
having had a few sexual partners
history of candidiasis
Latin / Hispanic ethnicity
African ethnicity
swollen inguinal nodes
frequent unexplained fevers
current atypical headaches
painful inguinal nodes
... and more than 10 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of low T4 helper cell levels.

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:
T-helper (CD4) cells (an immune cell type, unrelated to the thyroid)
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Under 150
→ 150 to 349
→ 350 to 500
→ Over 500 (normal)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either low T4 helper cell level or normal T4 helper cell level, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as HIV/AIDS.  CD4 cells are those cells that are primarily infected with HIV.  CD8 cells are those cells that are primarily involved with killing HIV.  So as HIV infection progresses, you lose CD4 cells and increase the number of CD8 cells.
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