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Neutropenia

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  • 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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