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The last time you visited your healthcare provider for an illness, they might have ordered a CBC test to help figure out the diagnosis. CBC stands for complete blood count, but what does that mean? And what do all those numbers on the result sheet mean? Find out by taking this quiz. Test results may vary depending on your age, gender, health history, the method used for the test, and other things. Ask your healthcare provider what your test results mean for you.
7. What is severe neutropenia?
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Neutrophils are the first line of defense to fight common infections. A normal neutrophil count ranges from 2,500 to 6,000. If your ANC drops to less than 500, you are at serious risk for infection, and this condition is called severe neutropenia. Moderate neutropenia is an ANC between 500 and 1,000. Mild neutropenia is defined as an ANC between 1,000 and 1,500. The risk for infection begins to go up with moderate neutropenia. If you have neutropenia, you need to closely monitor your health and call your healthcare provider at the first sign of fever or illness. Symptoms to watch for include fever, chills, excessive sweating, and change in amount of urination.
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