Current Treatment of Infection in the Neutropenic Patient
April 02, 2005
Neutropenia was recognized almost 3 decades ago as a major predisposing factor for the development of infection in patients with cancer . The risk begins to increase when the neutrophil count drops below 1,000/mm³ and is greatest at counts of 100/mm³ or lower. At this level, approximately 20% of febrile episodes are caused by a bacteremic process .