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A 42-year-old female asked:

Can a person with neutropenia donate blood?

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Dr. Eva Dickinsone
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
Depends: First the etiology of the neutropenia must be known. Undiagnosed neutropenia may be a sign of a cancer or the result of certain medication and donating blood without knowing could cause unnecessary harm to the potential receiver. Blood donations are regulated by state and they regulate what conditions are allowable for blood donations. Neutropenia as a variant from normal and the donor is perfectly healthy otherwise may donate if the state allows it.
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Not wise: When your body is low on neutrophils you are at increased risk of infection, and this is not a normal state, so it needs evaluated to determine the cause. It may be from some infections, cancers, drug effects, or severe stress. See your dr., get healthy, and then consider donating.

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