What Are the Different Types of Leukopenia Symptoms?

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  • Written By: Meshell Powell
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  • Last Modified Date: 18 September 2016
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Leukopenia, a medical term used to describe a low white blood cell count, may not be recognized in milder cases, although potentially life-threatening symptoms may develop in some of the more severe instances. Some of the earlier leukopenia symptoms may include fatigue, weakness, or an increased development of infections. As the condition worsens, additional symptoms may include fever, abdominal pain, and swollen lymph nodes. If left untreated, pneumonia or a variety of blood disorders may develop as a result of the decrease in white blood cells. Any questions or concerns about individualized leukopenia symptoms should be discussed with a doctor or other medical professional.

Initial leukopenia symptoms may mimic the flu or other minor health issues, often delaying an accurate diagnosis. Fatigue, weakness, and an overall ill feeling are usually among the first noticeable symptoms. The patient may also notice an increase in the number of infections, sometimes leading to frequent antibiotic usage. A quick trip to the doctor for blood tests can typically lead to an early diagnosis and reduce the risks of developing serious complications.

As the condition begins to progress, additional leukopenia symptoms may appear. Fever, sore throat, and swollen lymph nodes often develop. Some people may also experience mild to moderate shortness of breath. Headaches, increased irritability, and hot flashes have also been reported among those with low white blood cell counts. Ulcers or canker sores in the mouth may appear, along with a strong desire to drink hot beverages.


In the more severe cases, leukopenia symptoms may become life threatening if not treated properly. The shortness of breath may turn to pneumonia, sometimes requiring a lengthy stay in the hospital. There may be a decrease in the number of other types of blood cells, causing anemia or excess bleeding. This condition may occasionally lead to a fatal type of liver infection as well.

Women may experience leukopenia symptoms related to the menstrual cycle. Menstrual periods that are longer or heavier than normal may sometimes be caused by a significant decrease in the number of white blood cells produced by the body. The uterus may sometimes become infected, leading to bleeding that is not related to menstruation. These bleeding disorders may become so severe that the patient must be hospitalized and undergo one or more blood transfusions. Due to the potentially serious complications of this condition, any suspected leukopenia symptoms should be reported to a doctor right away for further medical evaluation.


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@aLfredo - It is rather ironic that you listed exercise and other various lifestyle habits that you go to first as opposed to looking for a disease, because in the case of leukopenia you were right!

Well at least in what I have read I think you are right because leukopenia can be helped by changing your lifestyle eating habits (it turns out that sugary substances may decrease the power of those all important white blood cells).

Also doctors may suggest moderate exercise, as exercise has been known to increase the immune system.

Why must it always come back to exercise huh?

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I had never heard of this disease before and only happened upon it when I was looking to learn more about leukemia and leukemia symptoms.

The fact that leukopenia causes fatigue was one of the reasons I was glad I happened upon this disorder. How often do we feel tired and we just think we need to exercise, get out more, or change their lifestyle habits?

It was a good reminder to me to pay attention to my body!

I was curious for some that feel like they are always tired... could they have chronic leukopenia?

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