Neutropenia occurs when the level of a type of white blood cell called the neutrophil drops below normal. White blood cells defend your child’s body against infections, particularly those caused by bacteria and fungus. Children with very low neutrophil counts are susceptible to frequent infections that can sometimes be severe and life-threatening.
Neutropenia in children and teens is not very common, so community doctors usually have limited knowledge of the disease. Children diagnosed with neutropenia are evaluated and treated at SCCA's parent organization, Seattle Children's. Neutropenia is a common side effect of certain chemotherapies and radiation therapies.
Children's blood disorders programs bring together experts from more than 20 subspecialties to provide diagnostic services and treatments, including the very latest options. The team of pediatric hematologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, child life specialists, and chaplains partner with you to provide expert, family-centered care and compassionate support. We help you understand your child's health and treatment options because you, your child, and your family are an important part of the care team.
Because Children's doctors take part in national and international research studies, and often lead them, Children's can offer new treatment options that many other hospitals cannot give their patients. In 2008, U.S. News & World Report ranked Children’s Cancer program as one of the top five in the country.
Read more about neutropenia on the Seattle Children's web site.
To make an appointment, call Seattle Children's at (206) 987-2106.