07 October 2009

Medical Word of the Day: Neutropenia

Neutropenia: an abnormally low level of neutrophils in the blood. Neutrophils are white blood cells (WBCs) produced in the bone marrow that ingest bacteria. Neutropenia is a serious disorder because it makes the body vulnerable to bacterial and fungal infections.

A person can be low in the other types of blood cells, such as Thrombocytopenia, which is an abnormally low level of the clotting cells or platelets; it can arise due to decreased production of platelets in the bone marrow or increased breakdown of platelets in the bloodstream, spleen, or liver. Thrombocytopenia is characterized by easy bruising and increased bleeding.

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