If Leukocytes Are Low Is It Safe To Carry Out Surgery?
Good afternoon, I want to ask if leukocytes are low is it safe to carry out surgery?
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First of all, of course, you must find out in advance how low your leukocytes are and what causes these low leukocytes. Also, be aware of what operations are being carried out and for what purpose, whether the operation is an emergency or not.
Basically leukocytes have an important function in the defense / immunity system of the human body. People who have low leukocytes (or called leukopenia) will be more susceptible to infection and will be more difficult to recover if the infection occurs. Basically leukopenia is not a contraindication to surgery. However, patients need to know that the risk of postoperative infection will be greater in people with leukopenia.
It is recommended that you discuss further your surgical problems with the doctor who treats you. The surgeon will always consult in advance with the anesthesiologist and also the internist if there are certain medical problems that the patient has (including the presence of leukopenia). This is to ensure that surgery is safe to do for patients.
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