What is cyclic neutropenia?

Also known as: CN, cyclic neutropenia, periodic neutropenia, cyclic hematopoiesis.

Neutrophils (or white blood cells) are one type of body cell that fights infection. Children with cyclic neutropenia (usually diagnosed in their first year of life) have a fairly non-serious disease (benign) where their white blood cell count becomes low for 3-5 days, every 14-35 days. During each of these times they are susceptible to bacterial and viral infections.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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