Letters Neutropenia in primary care

Many drugs used for rheumatic disease cause neutropenia

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6450 (Published 04 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6450
  1. Christine Fox, specialist registrar1,
  2. Richard Hull, consultant rheumatologist1
  1. 1Rheumatology Department, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth PO6 3LY, UK
  1. christinefox{at}doctors.org.uk

We agree with Hay and colleagues that, although neutropenia worries clinicians, it is often an unimportant finding and rarely requires treatment.1

Drug induced neutropenia is common in patients with rheumatic disease. We recognise that this is an increasing problem in primary care. It rarely leads to an alteration in the patient’s management, although it causes concern to non-specialists. We would like …

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