Agranulocytosis

Alternative Names

Granulocytopenia; Granulopenia

Definition of Agranulocytosis

Agranulocytosis means a failure of the bone marrow to make enough white blood cells (neutrophils). Bone marrow is the soft tissue inside bones that helps form blood cells.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Agranulocytosis may be caused by:

Symptoms

Persons with this condition are more likely to develop infections.

Signs and tests

See: test

Review

David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; James R. Mason, MD, Oncologist, Director, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program and Stem Cell Processing Lab, Scripps Clinic, Torrey Pines, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 9/6/2010

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