Neutropenia: Signs and Symptoms Of Neutropenia
Neutropenia can go undetected, but is generally discovered when a patient has developed severe infections or sepsis. Some common infection can take an undetected course in neutropenic patients; formation of pus, for example, can be notably absent, as this requires circulating neutrophil granulocytes. Common symptoms include:
- Frequent infections, that can result in conditions such as;
- Mouth ulcers
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Unusual redness
- Swelling around a wound
- Sore throat.
Neutropenia can be detected on;
- Full blood count (FBC).
- Bone marrow biopsy i.e when other diagnosis are uncertain or serious causes are suspected.
- Other investigations;
- Serial neutrophil count (if cyclic neutropenia is suspected)
- Test for anti-neutrophil antibodies
- Autoantibody screen
Test for systemic lupus erythematosis, vit B12 and folate assay and acidified serum (Ham’s test) (Levene et al., 2001).