It is defined as an abnormal decrease in the number of circulating neutrophils in peripheral blood. The effectiveness of the body's first line of defense is lost. The neutrophil count falls below 2000 cells / mm3. The temperature rise should be higher than 38.3 ° C. This diagnosis is considered a medical emergency and may appear in patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Reduction in the duration of neutropenia and the impact of febrile neutropenia in patients with malignant tumors treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy (excluding chronic mieloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes).
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