Question about Blood count results

Patient

Q: I was just told I have low red blood cell and low neutrophil counts, can you please tell me what that means?

Doctor

A:   Red blood cells carry oxygen to and remove waste products from the body`s tissues. These cells also contain hemoglobin. A low red blood cell count is indicative of anemia. The lower your neutrophil count, the more vulnerable you are to infectious diseases.  Neutrophils help your immune system fight off infections. A low neutophil count (neutropenia) could indicate an underlying infection or autoimmune disorder.

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