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How is neutropenia treated?
Treatment of neutropenia is based upon the underlying cause, severity, and
the presence of associated infections or symptoms as well as the overall health
status of the patient. Obviously, treatment must also be directed toward any
underlying disease process. Treatments that directly address neutropenia may
include (note that all of these treatments may not be appropriate in a given
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
or intravenous immune globulin for some cases of
Preventive measures may also be implemented in neutropenic patients to limit
risk of infections. These measures might include strict attention to hand
washing, use of private rooms, or in some cases, use of gloves, gowns, and/or
face masks by caregivers.