Objective To describe a structured approach for managing a child with a new finding of neutropenia.
Method Literature review and consensus practice of clinicians in our regional centre.
Conclusion Neutropenia may arise in a variety of situations from a well child with a physiological neutropenia to a sick infant with life-threatening infection. In most cases a thoughtful history and directed examination will help to identify the severity in order to determine an appropriate care pathway.
Scenario A 6-year-old boy presented earlier in the day to the acute assessment unit with lethargy and a sore throat. At handover time his blood results are phoned through and show that he is neutropenic.
- general paediatrics
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Contributors Designed and drafted by RMJ, reviewed, edited and supplemental writing by BP.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.
Patient consent for publication Not required.
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