• Hematologic Conditions

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    #485: Hematologic Conditions
    October 2019

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    In This Edition

    • Describe the causes, types, and severity of leukopenia.
    • Diagnose and manage patients with febrile neutropenia.
    • Distinguish between primary malignant and secondary physiologic causes of leukocytosis.
    • Recognize and manage potential risks for survivors of leukemia.
    • Screen adult survivors of pediatric leukemia for dyslipidemia, diabetes, and hypertension.
    • Summarize the primary health issues affecting patients with hemoglobinopathies, such as sickle cell disease and thalassemias.
    • Provide appropriate vaccinations and prescribe prophylactic oral penicillin for children with sickle cell disease until age 5 years to prevent infections.
    • Evaluate patients with thrombocytopenia for common causes and know when to refer patients to a hematology subspecialist.
    • Recognize and manage dangerous causes of thrombocytopenia, including heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.

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