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

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


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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.


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An anonymous caregiver answered...

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