What are causes of low blood count, red and white?

3 answers | Last updated: Nov 11, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

What are possible causes of low blood count, including red and white blood cells, with no previous cancer or treatment?


Expert Answers

Jennifer Serafin, N.P. is a registered nurse and geriatric nurse practitioner at the Jewish Homes for the Aged in San Francisco.

Signs of both a low white and red blood cell count include cancers (like leukemia), hyperthyroidism, bone marrow disorders, aplastic anemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, severe infections, or medication side effects.  If both counts are low, you should be seen by a hematologist to find out what is going on to make your numbers low. 


Community Answers

Bksmith22 answered...

I had radiation for breast cancer three years ago and my wbc and rbc counts are still low.


A fellow caregiver answered...

Significant blood loss from hemarhoids also can cause a drop in blood red cells that leads to the symptons noted aboce.