Neutropenia

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A decreased number of neutrophils circulating in the blood. Neutrophils are a type of leukocyte that target and destroy bacteria. Neutropenia may lead to an increased susceptibility to bacterial infections. There are many causes of neutropenia, but it may be a symptom of HIV related conditions (e.g. Mycobacterium Avium – MAC) or a reaction to HIV antiretroviral treatments or other drugs.