Neutropenia

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Neutropenia facts

  • Neutropenia is a condition in which the number of neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) in the bloodstream is decreased, affecting the body's ability to fight off infections.
  • Neutropenia is defined as an absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of less than 1500 per microliter (1500/microL)
  • Neutropenia may be caused by or associated with numerous medical conditions
  • Most infections that occur as a result of neutropenia are due to bacteria that are normally present on the skin or in the gastrointestinal or urinary tract.
  • Treatment depends upon the cause and severity of he condition as well as the underlying disease state responsible for the neutropenia.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/4/2013

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Neutropenia Treatment

What Is the Treatment for Neutropenia?

Treatments that directly address neutropenia may include (note that all of these treatments may not be appropriate in a given setting):

  • antibiotic and/or antifungal medications to help fight infections;
  • administration of white blood cells growth factors (such as recombinant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF, filgrastim) in some cases of severe neutropenia;
  • granulocyte transfusions; or
  • corticosteroid therapy or intravenous immune globulin for some cases of immune-mediated neutropenia.

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