Hematologic findings in children with rotavirus-positive and -negative diarrhea

David Green, Judith A. Wilimas*, Steven C. Buckingham

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-456
Number of pages4
JournalPediatric Hematology and Oncology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2003


  • Gastroenteritis
  • Neutropenia
  • Rotavirus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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