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Dr. Michael Engel
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Neutropenia (Overview)

Defined numerically as an absolute neutrophil count (anc) less than 1500. From there it is subdivided into mild (1000-1500), moderate (500-1000) and severe (<500). Folks with severe neutropenia are at increased risk for bacterial infections. Mild to moderate, less so. The reason for neutropenia needs to be determined. Treatments range from observation to stem cell transplant, depending on cause.


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I just found out that my MRSA is active im a carrier. Also I have neutropenia how does this effect my care?

See : You don't need to do anything as long as you feel healthy. You should additionally visit and discuss the issue with your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Engel
120 doctors shared insights

Neutropenia (Overview)

Defined numerically as an absolute neutrophil count (anc) less than 1500. From there it is subdivided into mild (1000-1500), moderate (500-1000) and severe (<500). Folks with severe neutropenia are at increased risk for bacterial infections. Mild to moderate, less so. The reason for neutropenia needs to be determined. Treatments range from observation to stem cell transplant, depending on cause.


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What are the symptoms of neutropenia?

What are the symptoms of neutropenia?

Neutropenia is......: Divided by severity: <500 is severe, 500-1000 moderate and 1000-1500 mild. Pts with severe neutropenia, for whatever reason, are at increased risk for life threatening infections, and symptoms vary for folks across this continuum. Mucosal erosions and gingival inflammation are common. The main thing to be concerned about is the infection risk, and of course discerning cause so it can be rx'd. ...Read more

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Neutropenia (Tip)

Some people with chronic neutropenia with ANC between 250 -500, doing pretty well. ...See more

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Born w/ neutropenia,I have suffered w/cold sores on my lips/nose 4 yrs. Now im getting them inside my mouth,tongue& roof. Isn't that a sign for HIV?

Born w/ neutropenia,I have suffered w/cold sores on my lips/nose 4 yrs.  Now im getting them inside my mouth,tongue& roof. Isn't that a sign for HIV?

Can't tell: If you were born with neutropenia, I hope you are under the care of a hematologist and a immunologist. If not, it is time to consult them. Your symptoms are not specific for AIDS but they do need attention. ...Read more

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What can be done to correct neutropenia?

Like most deficiency: If you dont have enough of something, its because you either don't make it, you lose it or you hide it. Neutropenia is no different. As examples, marrow failure or infiltration (not making them), autoimmune neutropenia (losing them), margination (hiding them), can all cause neutropenia. There are many other causes that fit into one of these categories. Treatment ranges from none to transplant. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Gromko Dr. Gromko
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Neutropenia (Tip)

Neutropenia - a type of low white blood cell count - is common in chemotherapy and can be treated. ...See more

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Can you give me suggestions if i was diagnosed with neutropenia, how can I treat it?

Find out the cause: The cause of neutropenia needes to be determined before any treatment could be considered. Medications, lupus, blood disorders are some causes. See a hematologist. ...Read more

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What are the basic test that should be done when diagnosing idiopathic neutropenia in toddlers?

While a CBC/Diff....: Will reveal the neutropenia, unfortunately it goes little toward determining cause. There are a host of tests that could be done to address possible causes, in the case of idiopathic neutropenia of childhood, the clinical status of the patient is often very informative. Often, these patients are well overall and mobilize neutrophils in the setting of infectious challenge. If not gcsf is an option. ...Read more

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Neutropenia (Tip)

Do I need white blood cell growth factors or prophylactic antibiotics? ...See more

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Is there any STD can cause neutropenia ? if I want a complete check what tests can I do ?

More info needed: Overwhelming infection can sometimes cause low white counts. I would start with a visit to your doctor--who ordered the blood test?--and a candid discussion of what you think may be wrong. The doctor will then know which tests to order. I would take precautions with physical relationships until the matter is resolved. ...Read more

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Neutropenia (Tip)

Do call your doctor if you have a temperature of 100.3 degrees F or above. ...See more

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What cancers cause neutropenia?

What cancers cause neutropenia?

Leukemia...: Any cancer that impairs the ability of the bone marrow to produce normal cells, like neutrophils, can cause neutropenia. Leukemias are the most common cause since the cancer actually originates in the bone marrow itself. Other less common causes of neutropenia are cancers that metastasize to the bone marrow. ...Read more

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When you are diagnosed with cronic neutropenia, does that mean it's a type of leukemia?

When you are diagnosed with cronic neutropenia, does that mean it's a type of leukemia?

Not always: Neutropenia means low numbers of white blood cells. One of the many causes of neutropenia is bone marrow failure due to leukemia or a condition called myelodysplastic syndrome(mds). A good hematologist can check you and guide you to find the cause and a solution with proper treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Cynthia Archer Dr. Archer
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Neutropenia (Tip)

If you are neutropenic, some foods can cause infection in the GI tract. Ask your MD what to avoid. ...See more

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What is the best way to treat idiopathic neutropenia?

Full evaluation: Idiopathic neutropenia is a diagnosis of exclusion (all the other possibilities should be ruled out first) so it is very important that this diagnosis be correct and should be confirmed by a hematologist/oncologist who may need to do a bone marrow biopsy. ...Read more

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What is idiopathic cyclic neutropenia and how is it treated?

What is idiopathic cyclic neutropenia and how is it treated?

Depends: It is a disorder where the neutrophil count is low in a cyclical pattern. To make the diagnosis, a CBC needs to be checked twice weekly for a few weeks. Typically the patient has recurrent infections. A bone marrow biopsy may need to be done to rule out other disorders. If it needs treatment, then Neupogen is given. This raises the white count. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Neutropenia (Tip)

Wash hands frequently and minimize public exposure. ...See more

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What is the treatment for neutropenia?

It depends on ....: The cause. Some neutropenic states are acquired and transient, for example because of marrow suppression with viral infection, and don't require any intervention. However, you can be neutropenic from autoimmune destruction or marrow infiltration by leukemia, which obviously would require different treatments. Work with your dr. To find a cause and then treat accordingly. ...Read more

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