Neutropenia occurs when the level of a type of white blood cell called a neutrophil drops below normal. White blood cells defend your child’s body against infections, particularly those caused by bacteria and fungi. Children with very low neutrophil counts are susceptible to frequent infections that can sometimes be severe and life threatening. Neutropenia is a common side effect of certain chemotherapies and radiation therapies.
Children and teens with neutropenia are treated at Seattle Children’s, a founding organization of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Neutropenia in children and teens is not very common, so community doctors usually have limited knowledge of the disease. Seattle Children’s has a long history of successfully caring for children and teens with neutropenia.
Expert Care for Your Child
Seattle Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center brings 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, social workers, 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 Seattle Children’s doctors take part in national and international research studies, and often lead them, we can offer new treatment options that many other hospitals cannot give their patients. In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children’s cancer program #7 in the nation.
Read more on the Seattle Children’s website about:
- Neutropenia—including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment
- Hematology at Seattle Children’s
- What to expect when you come to Seattle Children’s for care
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment, call Seattle Children’s at (206) 987-2106.