White Blood Cell Disorders

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White blood cell disorders are a set of conditions that occur when the body has an abnormal white blood cell count. White blood cells are an important part of the immune system. A low white blood cell count, also called leukopenia, can decrease the body’s ability to fight off infection, while a high white blood cell count, or leukocytosis, can be an indicator of an infection, an autoimmune response such as rheumatoid arthritis, or of cancer.

The board-certified, fellowship-trained hematology specialists at Norton Healthcare provide comprehensive care for patients with white blood cell disorders, including leukopenia and leukocytosis.

Comprehensive Diagnostics and Treatment for White Blood Cell Disorders

The hematology specialists at Norton Healthcare perform comprehensive diagnostic studies to determine the underlying cause of white blood cell disorders. Testing may include:

  • Molecular study
  • Blood and bone marrow exam
  • Comprehensive genetic testing

Treatment for leukopenia and leukocytosis will depend on a patient’s diagnosis and the presence of underlying conditions. Some conditions that commonly cause white blood cell disorders include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, liver disease, hepatitis C, blood cancer and others.

To treat the underlying conditions associated with white blood cell disorders, patients have access to conventional and innovative treatments, clinical studies and multidisciplinary clinics through Norton Healthcare’s comprehensive system of specialists, including:

Access to the Hematology Care You Need

  • Norton hematology services has eight outpatient locations in Louisville, surrounding counties and Southern Indiana.
  • Norton Infusion Centers have three convenient locations and offer evening and weekend hours.
  • Same-day appointments are available.
  • Resource centers in Louisville and Southern Indiana offer a variety of support services that address the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

About Hematology Services at Norton Healthcare

Norton Healthcare hematology services provide comprehensive care for benign blood disorders.

  • The Adult Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program provides comprehensive medical care for all aspects of sickle cell disease.
  • Specialists from across Norton Healthcare work together to ensure the best possible care for you.
  • Norton Healthcare resources include a licensed clinical social worker, support groups and complementary therapies.
  • Benefit from access to three Norton Infusion Centers offering:
  • IV therapy/injections
  • Blood product administration
  • Intramuscular  and subcutaneous injections
  • Therapeutic phlebotomy
  • Specialty-certified nurses who work together to provide individualized care based on your specific needs
  • Prompt Care Clinics are designed to provide symptom relief and other care.
  • Access MyNortonChart to communicate with your provider, manage appointments, refill prescriptions and more anytime from a mobile device or computer.
  • Norton Children’s is home to Kentucky’s only pediatric hematology program and the largest pediatric coagulation (clotting) center in the state.

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