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