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Pancytopenia

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is pancytopenia?

Pancytopenia is low levels of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all the organs and tissues of your body. White blood cells help your body fight infection by attacking and killing germs. Platelets stop the bleeding when you are cut or injured. Pancytopenia increases your risk for infection and bleeding. Without treatment these problems can become life-threatening.

What causes pancytopenia?

There are many causes of pancytopenia. Any of the following may cause pancytopenia:

What are the signs and symptoms of pancytopenia?

How is pancytopenia diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you. Tell the provider about any symptoms you have. You may need any of the following:

How is pancytopenia treated?

The treatment of pancytopenia depends on the cause. You may need any of the following:

How should I balance rest with activity?

Rest when needed. Rest will help you save energy for other activities. Do activities when your energy levels are the highest. Know your limits and do not plan too many activities for one day.

How do I prevent or control bleeding?

What can I do to prevent infections?

Call 911 of have someone else call for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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