Body produces white blood cells (leukocytes), which help fight bacterial infections, viruses and fungi. If your child has too few or too many white blood cells, in general, here's what it means: Low white blood cell count (leukopenia) means having too few leukocytes circulating in the blood. A long-term low white blood cell count increases the risk of infections and may be caused by a number of different diseases and conditions.
Sixteen percent of VLBW infants developed septicemia at a median age of 17 days. Factors associated with septicemia by logistic regression included male gender, lower gestational age and birth weight and decreased baseline serum IgG concentrations. Increasing apnea (55%), feeding intolerance, abdominal distension or guaiac-positive stools (43%), increased respiratory support (29%), lethargy and hypotonia (23%) were the dominant presenting features of septicemia.
Treatments for white blood cell disorders depend on several factors, including: The type of disorder, The extent of the disorder, Your child’s overall health, Your child’s response to treatment, Your preferences Our treatments for your child’s white blood cell disorder may include: Chemotherapy, Radiation, Antibiotics, Colony-stimulating factors (these increase the body’s production of blood cells), Drugs to suppress the immune system Stem cell transplantation may be useful for some types of severe white blood cell disorders, particularly those caused by bone marrow problems
A community-based sample (Framingham Offspring Study) of 1393 men and 1401 women who were free of CVD at the onset of the study and who were between the ages of 30 and 59 years at baseline. Time-dependent multiple variable logistic regression methods were used.