General Info About Leucopenia / Leukopenia
Leucopenia decreases a personís ability to fight infections and diseases as white blood cells provide natural defense against infections.
Neutropenia is a subtype of leucopenia and refers to a decrease in the number of circulating neutrophil granulocytes. Neutrophils are the most abundant white blood cells (WBCs). Sometimes the terms leucopenia and neutropenia are used interchangeably, as the neutrophil count is the most important indicator of infection risk.
Leucopenia may be associated with various medical conditions like aplastic anemia and some autoimmune diseases, and intake of certain drugs. Chemotherapy and radiation can also lead to leucopenia. Other causes include hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis and liver or spleen disorders. Some congenital disorders or viral, bacterial and parasitic infections can lead to leucopenia.
Leucopenia can be diagnosed with the help of a complete blood count (CBC).
Treatment mainly involves taking vitamin supplements, steroids or other medications along with a balanced diet and adequate rest.
Latest Publications and Research on Leucopenia / LeukopeniaRadioimmunotherapy with 177Lu-DOTA-Rituximab: Final Results of a Phase I/II Study in 31 Patients with Relapsing Follicular, Mantle Cell, and Other Indolent B-Cell Lymphomas. - Published by PubMed
Comparison of Clinical Features and Outcomes of Hospitalized Adult Patients With Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Pneumonia and Other Pneumonia. - Published by PubMed
Posterior knee dislocation following septic arthritis of the knee. - Published by PubMed
Leukopenia in Familial Mediterranean Fever: Case Series and Literature Review with Special Emphasis on Pathogenesis. - Published by PubMed
A phase II study of ixabepilone and trastuzumab for metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer. - Published by PubMed