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Neutropenia is a blood condition characterized by a deficiency of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that defends the body against bacterial and fungal infections that are formed in the bone marrow. Chemotherapy medications are the most common cause of neutropenia, but other medications can also be a cause.

A low neutrophil count greatly increases the risk of developing an infection. There are various levels of neutropenia with the lower level indicating a higher the risk of infection.

Learn more about neutropenia on OncoLink.