What Causes Neutropenia?

Causes can be divided into the following groups:

  • Decreased production in the bone marrow:
    • aplastic anemia
    • arsenic poisoning
    • cancer, particularly blood cancers
    • certain medications
    • hereditary disorders (e.g. congenital neutropenia, cyclic neutropenia)
    • radiation
    • Vitamin B12 or folate deficiency.
    • Increased destruction:
      • autoimmune neutropenia.
      • chemotherapy treatments, such as for cancer and autoimmune diseases
      • Marginalisation and sequestration:
        • Hemodialysis

There is often a mild neutropenia in viral infections.

Additionally, there is a condition called morning pseudoneutropenia which might be a side effect of certain anti-psychotic medications.

Further Reading

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Last Updated: Feb 1, 2011

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