Lymphocytes: A small white blood cell (leukocyte) that plays a large role in defending the body against disease.
Lymphocytes are responsible for immune responses. There are two main types of lymphocytes: B cells and T cells. The B cells make antibodies that attack bacteria and toxins while the T cells attack body cells themselves when they have been taken over by viruses or have become cancerous. Lymphocytes secrete products (lymphokines) that modulate the functional activities of many other types of cells and are often present at sites of chronic inflammation
As CoStudy has said, they're a component of your white blood cells that perform a particular function for your immune system.
I had low lymphocytes while on treatment and I was regularly tested for lymphocyte levels, as were everybody else on the R1626 trial. When they went too low, they reduced my interferon as well. The trial I was on mandated it.
If you're on treatment, how do your other white counts look?
In general, lymphocytopenia (a low lymphocyte count) occurs because:
The body doesn't make enough lymphocytes.
The body makes enough lymphocytes, but they are destroyed due to an abnormal condition.
The lymphocytes get stuck in the spleen or lymph nodes.
A combination of these factors also may cause a low lymphocyte count.
A number of diseases, conditions, and factors can cause the problems that lead to a low lymphocyte count. These conditions can be inherited (passed from parents to children), or they can develop at any age.
Exactly how each disease, condition, or factor affects your lymphocyte count isn't known. Sometimes, people have low lymphocyte counts with no underlying cause.
A number of acquired diseases, conditions, and factors can cause lymphocytopenia. Examples include:
Infectious diseases, such as AIDS, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis, and typhoid fever
Autoimmune disorders, such as lupus
Blood cancer and other blood diseases, such as Hodgkin's disease and aplastic anemia
Radiation and chemotherapy (treatments for cancer)
Low lymphocytes - 8.6%, low absolute lymphocytes - 600.
This condition continues for last 3 years. Neither my physician or hematologist can figure out what could cause it. Do I need to do anything about it like changing diet?
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