I have to come to my peeps for this one, so I don't drive myself crazy with worry. It's not leukemia-related, but I figure we've all read so much stuff on hematology, maybe someone has run across this and can point me in the right direction. I mentioned a few times that my dd has just been dx'd with eosinophilic esophagitis, which is essentially an allergy reaction where the eosinophils start crowding into the tissues of the esophagus.
So, having learned to get copies of test reports, I requested they send me the blood tests they did on her back in March. I wanted to see if it showed any eosinophilia in the peripheral blood (it does not). However, I note that her total WBC is low (3.06), absolute neutrophil count is low (1.06) and the report states there is a left shift "present". Basophils and eosinophils are normal. Lymphocytes, monocytes, hemoglobin, hematocrit, and RBC is high.
So what do you make of a low WBC when a patient does not have leukemia? I know a high WBC might indicate infection, but what does a low WBC mean???