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14 Jan

Blood results
Hello, I would like to know if I should be concerned. I have a 3 year old that has had repeat infections over the past 2 years. He has had ruptured eardrum, glandular fever (tested positive for EBV) with a swollen gland/lymph node below jaw. Swelling gone down, but can still be seen when he lifts neck. Swelling lasted over 8 months. Repeat sinus infections and he has to take Avamys twice a day. He was recently (in October) diagnosed with Granuloma annulare and had blood work to rule out diabetes. From that blood results his hemoglobin, heamatocrit and red blood cells were raised. His Ferritin was 9 and low lymphocytes. I have noticed from previous blood work that his lymphocytes are always low. Can continuously lymphocytes mean cancer? Should I look further into this? Thanks in advance
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15 Jan

Dear Anonymous, yes, you need to be concerned. Continuous, and repeated infections is not normal. What is of concern is the fact that you mention that his lymphocytes are always low. Lymphocytes are a kind of white blood cell. Low lymphocyte counts indicate a possible infection or other significant illness and should be investigated by one's doctor. (MCH).
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