Lymphopenia is a disorder in which your blood doesn't have adequate white blood cells called lymphocytes. These cells are made in the bone marrow along with other types of blood cells. Lymphocytes assist safeguard your body from infection. Low varieties of lymphocytes can elevate your risk of infection. About 20% to 40% of all white blood cells are lymphocytes. A normal lymphocyte matter for adults usually is in between 1,000 and 4,800 lymphocytes per microliter of blood. For children, a normal lymphocyte count usually is in between 3,000 and 9,500 lymphocytes per microliter of blood. The term "lymphopenia" describes a matter of less than 1,000 lymphocytes per microliter of blood in adults, or less than 3,000 lymphocytes per microliter of blood in children. The 3 types of lymphocytes are B lymphocytes, T lymphocytes, and natural killer cells. Most individuals who have lymphopenia have low numbers of T lymphocytes. Mild lymphopenia may not call for therapy. Lymphopenia will likely boost if a hidden condition is successfully treated.
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