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14 years old girl in pain
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14 years old girl in pain

I have a 14 yr. old niece with history of Chiari Malformation since age of 2. She has had 6 decompression surgeries to help this issue. Her most recent MRI shows very little to no posterior CSF to the brain. She has been having disabling headaches for the past 6 weeks, and is scheduled to see a new neurosurgeon next week, as her previous MD has all but retired, and says he can't do anything for her now. OK that's her history. She went for some blood work the other day and it is showing very low WBC, very low RBC, and an elevated sed rate. First thought her pediatric MD thought was Leukemia. The oncology team at Children  Hospital says no it's not, but ordering more tests. Anyone out there have an idea what this blood work could mean?    
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Hi!
I am sorry to hear about your niece. Severe anemia due to any cause with acute viral fever can cause low WBC, low RBC and high ESR. Often viral hemorrhagic fevers resulting in destruction of RBC such as dengue give similar picture. There can be severe headaches and high temperatures. Some autoimmune disorders can also give similar picture. Do discuss this with the doctor. Take care!

The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you. The advice may not be completely correct for you as the doctor cannot examine you and does not know your complete medical history. Hence this reply to your post should only be considered as a guiding line and you must consult your doctor at the earliest for your medical problem.
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