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Hi, I Have Seen A Doctor Who Requested For FBE

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Posted on Wed, 24 Jun 2020
Question: Hi,
I have seen a Doctor who requested for FBE and when I saw him for result, he said something is not quite right and requested for another FBE with note to monitor Neutropenia! I am scared that this could mean HIV or CANCER?
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Neutropenia - causes

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for trusting us with your health query.

Neutropenia by itself is not indicative of cancer or HIV. It can occur in variety of other conditions including viral infections, vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune conditions, etc.
In some people, mild neutropenia may occur temporarily without any reason and correct by itself eventually without causing any issues.

So you do not have to be too concerned about the neutropenia at this point. Please be advised to follow up with the FBE and other necessary evaluations as recommended by your physician.

Hope this answers your question
Please address further questions here
Regards
Dr.Lekshmi Rita Venugopal



Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (1 hour later)
Thank you so much!

HIV and CANCER are two conditions I am not planning to face.

I did want to go ahead with the test because I am afraid that these two conditions might be detected.

The reason why I have been to see a doctor is because I had mild but consistent pains in my lungs. Earlier in March, I had a flu shot and two weeks after had sore throat but the doctor ruled out COVID19 but suspected some kind of viral infection.

It is possible that my first test showed low white blood which is why the doctor wanted it redone again. I learned that viral infection like HIV causes increase in white blood cell. What then can result in low white blood count?

Thanks
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Answered by Dr. Lekshmi Rita Venugopal (18 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Neutropenia

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thanks for asking...

Vira infections ranging from the common cold, mild flu to more serious infections like HIV can result in decreased white blood count including neutropenia.

However, serious conditions like HIV or cancer will have other marked symptoms.
Mild viral infections will result in transient short term neutropenia.

The reason for your physician to repeat the blood investigations is most likely to see if the neutrophil counts are returning to normal.

However, you will need to discuss with your doctor in detail to see if there are any other concerns he/she noticed that led to the decision for a retest.

I'd strongly suggest that if you do not have any concerning persistent symptoms, then you do not need to worry about HIV and cancer at this point.

Regards
Dr.Lekshmi Rita Venugopal


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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Hi, I Have Seen A Doctor Who Requested For FBE

Brief Answer: Neutropenia - causes Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for trusting us with your health query. Neutropenia by itself is not indicative of cancer or HIV. It can occur in variety of other conditions including viral infections, vitamin deficiencies, autoimmune conditions, etc. In some people, mild neutropenia may occur temporarily without any reason and correct by itself eventually without causing any issues. So you do not have to be too concerned about the neutropenia at this point. Please be advised to follow up with the FBE and other necessary evaluations as recommended by your physician. Hope this answers your question Please address further questions here Regards Dr.Lekshmi Rita Venugopal