G-CSF enables completion of tuberculosis therapy associated with iatrogenic neutropenia

L J Cormican, S Schey, H J Milburn

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Abstract

Neutropenia is a rare complication of anti-tuberculous therapy and is usually due to a single agent, most frequently isoniazid. The current case describes a previously healthy immunocompetent patient with tuberculosis of the lymph nodes who developed neutropenia due to a number of first line antibiotics (rifampicin, isoniazid and ethambutol) and streptomycin when introduced in combination and individually thus resulting in repeated treatment disruption. The introduction of twice-weekly subcutaneous granulocyte-colony stimulating factor to correct iatrogenic neutropenia facilitated the continuation and eventual completion of therapy without adverse effect. This is the first description of the use of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor to correct iatrogenic neutropenia due to anti-tuberculous antibiotics and the second description of the occurrence of iatrogenic neutropenia to more than anti-tuberculous antibiotic in an individual.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)649 - 650
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Respiratory Journal
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004

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