Can neutropenia be benign?

Can neutropenia be benign?

Can neutropenia be benign?

Benign ethnic neutropenia (BEN; also called constitutional neutropenia) is an inherited cause of mild/moderate neutropenia that is not associated with any increased risk for infections or other clinical manifestations.

Can you grow out of cyclic neutropenia?

The cycling seems to decrease with age and may disappear by age 30 in some patients. Individuals with cyclic neutropenia only have symptoms during times of neutropenia. At other times when their neutrophil levels are normal, they are not at an increased risk for infection and inflammation.

Is neutrophils and neutropenia the same?

Neutropenia is defined as a lower than normal number of neutrophils (a type of white blood cells). White blood cells are part of the immune system. There are different types of white blood cells, and they each have a key role in the body’s defense against germs: Neutrophils.

How common is benign neutropenia?

Primary autoimmune neutropenia (AIN), sometimes also referred to as chronic benign neutropenia of infancy/childhood, is caused by neutrophil specific antibodies and occurs predominantly in infancy. It is 10‐fold more common than SCN, occurring in 1:100 000.

Does neutropenia mean leukemia?

Neutropenia alone has no specific symptoms, but it is typically diagnosed in the context of a fever or an infection. Often, a persistent infection is also what leads doctors to test blood cells counts to identify blood cell cancers like leukemia.

What causes benign neutropenia?

The most serious cause of neutropenia occurs when the bone marrow is having problems making neutrophils, usually because of damage to the bone marrow or the presence of abnormal cells. These diseases are usually accompanied by abnormalities of the other blood cells, namely the red cells and platelets.

How is benign ethnic neutropenia treated?

Approaches for treating neutropenia include:

  1. Antibiotics for fever.
  2. A treatment called granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF).
  3. Changing medications, if possible, in cases of drug-induced neutropenia.
  4. Granulocyte (white blood cell) transfusion (very uncommon)