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.
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
- Collagen Vascular Disease
- Low Progesterone
- Dermatitis Herpetiformis
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:
history of occult blood
major right iliac pain after food
appendix removed before age 20
significant abdominal distension
severe leg cramps caused by walking
reduced mental clarity
having hot flashes
non-human estrogen use
... and more than 50 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:
|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 - Basophil Percentage [fraction]
→ 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.
Various chronic forms of dermatitis can increase basophil levels.
Chronic sinusitis can raise basophil levels.
... and also rule out issues such as:
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