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What is Pancytopenia?

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Updated April 28, 2013

Definition: Pancytopenia is an abnormally low level of all blood cells produced by the bone marrow. This includes a low level of red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and platelets.

With cancer, pancytopenia usually occurs due to from chemotherapy.

A low level of red blood cells (RBCs) is called anemia; a decreased number of white blood cell cells (WBCs) is called leukopenia; and an inadequate number of platelets is called thrombocytopenia.

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Examples:
Dan developed pancytopenia -- a low level of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets -- after his last chemotherapy treatment.

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