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Neutropenia

Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in the Delaware Valley and Florida

Locations & Doctors Who Treat Neutropenia

 
Delaware

Wilmington

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441

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New Jersey

Voorhees

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Voorhees

443 Laurel Oak Road
Therapy Services (Suite 200)
Pediatric Specialty Services (Suite 230)
Voorhees, NJ 08043
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441

Hours: Fourth Friday each month; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Philadelphia

833 Chestnut St. E., Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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For Appointments: (800) 416-4441

Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Lancaster

Nemours duPont Pediatrics, Lancaster

2128 Embassy Drive, Suite A
Lancaster, PA 17603
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Hours: Hours vary; please call
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Florida

Orlando

Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando

13535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

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Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Orlando

1717 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Melbourne

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Melbourne

1270 N. Wickham Road
Melbourne, FL 32935
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For Appointments: (407) 650-7715

Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Jacksonville

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Jacksonville

807 Children’s Way
Jacksonville, FL 32207
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For Appointments: (904) 697-3789

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Pensacola

Nemours Children's Specialty Care, Pensacola

5153 N. Ninth Ave.
Pensacola, FL 32504
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For Appointments: (850) 505-4790

Hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central Time)
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About Pediatric Neutropenia

Pediatric neutropenia is a blood disorder marked by low levels of white blood cells circulating in the bloodstream. White blood cells, which are responsible for fighting infections, are formed in the bone marrow (the red spongy material in the bones) along with red blood cells (which carry oxygen) and platelets (that clot blood). Neutropenia occurs when there’s inadequate production of neutrophils (one of many types of white blood cells), an increase in the destruction of neutrophils or hypersplenism (when the spleen traps blood cells, keeping them out of circulation). 

Neutropenia can be mild to severe, and chronic (lasting longer than six months) or temporary (acute). But in childhood, neutropenia is most commonly temporary and caused by a recent virus or infection. Other causes include immunodeficiency (when the immune system attacks healthy blood cells), some bacterial infections, cancers, cancer treatment (chemotherapy or radiation), certain medicines, blood diseases, bone marrow failure syndromes and vitamin deficiency (particularly B12).

Our renowned hematologists, oncologists and researchers at the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders work together to diagnose and treat all types of pediatric neutropenia in infants, children and adolescents.


Types of Childhood Neutropenia We Treat

Common Types of Neutropenia
  • severe congenital neutropenia (also called “Kostmann syndrome” — a condition that’s present at birth, is caused by bone marrow failure, and can lead to cancer)
  • cyclic neutropenia (an inherited condition that may occur sporadically or in cycles)
  • chronic benign neutropenia (also called “autoimmune neutropenia,” caused by a defective immune system)
  • neutropenia associated with other serious disorders, such as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (or “HLH”)
  • idiopathic neutropenia (occurs for no known reason)

Diagnosing Neutropenia in Children

Signs & Symptoms of Neutropenia

Symptoms of neutropenia in children include frequent infections (ear infections, tonsillitis, sore throat and mouth sores). Sometimes, there are no symptoms.


Testing & Evaluations

If your child possibly has neutropenia, Nemours’ experienced hematology and oncology care team works together to appropriately diagnose the cause through a variety of tests and procedures, including:

  • thorough physical examination and medical history
  • blood tests
  • bone marrow aspiration and biopsy

Treating & Caring for Children With Neutropenia

Your Child's Comprehensive Neutropenia Care Team

Once we discover what’s causing neutropenia, our multidisciplinary (collaborative) team plans the most effective treatment personalized to your child’s needs.

In addition to an experienced, compassionate nurse coordinator (who provides your child and family support, education and care coordination), Nemours’ pediatric blood disorder and cancer teams include:

  • hematologists (blood disorder specialists)
  • oncologists (cancer doctors)
  • immunologists (autoimmune disorder specialists)
  • pathologists (diagnose diseases by examining body tissues, fluids and organs)
  • geneticists (perform genetic counseling and testing)
  • interventional radiologists (perform image-guided minimally invasive procedures)
  • behavioral health specialists (psychologists and psychiatrists)
  • registered dietitians (nutrition specialists)
  • hematology nurses (registered nurses specializing in blood disorders in children) 

Your care team is here to provide your family with ongoing support and follow-up. We always include you in the entire process, because we truly believe in the healing power of families and that you know your child best.

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Innovative Childhood Neutropenia Treatment at Nemours

Pediatric neutropenia can be a temporary condition — it may never return after the condition that causes it is properly treated. Treating other forms of neutropenia in children depends on what causes the condition, the severity, your child’s age and overall health, and can include one or more of the following:

  • antibiotics (for infections that cause the condition)
  • steroid therapy (cortisone to help blood cells)
  • granulocyte colony-stimulating growth factor (also called “G-CSF,” to
  • stimulate the bone marrow to produce blood cells, particularly with severe congenital neutropenia)
  • blood and bone marrow transplant (also called “BBMT,” “BMT” or “stem cell transplant”)
  • surgery (to remove the spleen)
For your child’s overall health and wellness, we also prescribe:

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Additional Resources & Support for Families

 
Nemours Support Services

Dealing with a complex medical condition like a blood disorder is difficult for your child and family. But you don’t have to go through it alone. Nemours provides an array of support services that begins on the very first day we meet, and continues throughout your journey because at Nemours, your child and family become part of our own.

Our services include: 
  • patient and family education
  • social work
  • mental health counseling
  • Child Life services
  • survivorship programs
  • support groups
 
Informative Articles & Videos for Parents From Nemours’ KidsHealth
 
General Blood Disorder Information & Education

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: The institute is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, and promotes the research, prevention and treatment of heart, lung and blood diseases.

National Institutes of Health: The institute provides a vast amount of information on diseases, treatments and research, including the informative site, Medline Plus.

 
Blood & Bone Marrow Resources

Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network: BMTinfonet.org provides information and support for patients and families before, during and after transplant.

The Bone Marrow Foundation: They offer information on financial assistance and resources to bone marrow/stem cell transplant patients and their families. 

Center for International Blood & Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR): The center disseminates information on blood and marrow transplant research.

National Marrow Donor Program: The site contains info about marrow and cord blood donation and transplantation.

National Bone Marrow Transplant Link: The organization helps patients, caregivers and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow/stem cell transplantation, from diagnosis through survivorship. They provide information and personalized support services.

Appointments & Referrals

Delaware, Pennsylvania & New Jersey

(800) 416-4441


Florida
Jacksonville Area

(904) 697-3789

Orlando Area

(407) 650-7715

Pensacola Area

(850) 505-4790

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International
Patients

+1 (302) 651-4993

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