Neutrophils and neutropenia treatment

Neutropenia is a medical condition in which the neutrophil count circulating in the blood is significantly low. What I've seen most commonly in the hospital is neutropenia associated with cancer patients on chemotherapy. It is a very serious problem because the body is very ill-equipped to fight off bacterial infection and patients can actually even become septic from their own normal flora. Filgrastim is a drug used commonly for neutropenic patients, that increases G-CSF levels, increasing the rate at which neutrophils are generated. Filgrastim can be administered subcutaneously or intravenously. Here is an amazing website describing the drug in detail, including its action within the body. Very interesting and informational!

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