The authors studied neutropenia in 101 children hospitalized for gastroenteritis between 1 December 2000 and 30 June 2001 and identified children tested for rotavirus by reviewing their laboratory records. Rotavirus-positive and rotavirus-negative subjects did not differ significantly in their white blood cell counts, absolute neutrophil counts, or frequency of neutropenia (defined as an absolute neutrophil count <1.0 × 10 9/L), which accompanied 8.6% of rotavirus-positive cases and 9.3% of rotavirus-negative cases of gastroenteritis. The authors conclude that mild neutropenia accompanying diarrhea does not require further evaluation unless it persists or is associated with other factors such as sepsis.
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- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health