Top 15 Common Questions About Leukemia

What happens when you have a low white blood cell count?

When you have extremely low white blood cell counts in leukemia, there’s also a chance that the circulating cells are immature. Thus, this predisposes the patient to all types of infection. Bacterial infections are prevented by a cellular line that includes neutrophils, eosinophils, and monocytes while lymphocytes help us combat viruses. If any of these cell lines is altered, we can suffer from an infection depending on which one, and even apparently harmless infections may become a life-threatening condition that requires hospitalization.