what is the relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and a low white blood count?

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what is the relationship between rheumatoid arthritis and a low white blood count?
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the relationship may actually be due to medications the patient is taking for the rheumatoid arthritis. since it is an auto-immune disorder, immunosuppressive drugs (which suppress the immune system) are used to treat it.
the disease itself doens't cause a low white blood cell count. rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease- if you're taking immunosuppressants like methotrexate or prednisone, that may cause the low white counts.

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