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My 59 yr old husband is currently being treated for squamous

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cell carcinoma of the groins...
My 59 yr old husband is currently being treated for squamous cell carcinoma of the groins with chemo and radiation. He was hospitalized a week ago for large PE. Platelets were low but are coming up they were 87 today. His WBC's were fine until this morning, they dropped almost half to 3.1. His is on mask and glove isolation; shouldn't he be in full isolation? What could cause this sudden drop? His last chemo was 2 weeks ago. He did receive a Neulasta injection 1 1/2 weeks ago.
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As long as his absolute neutrophil count is above 800, full isolation is not required.

The risk of infection is relatively low.

However he is receiving neulasta injection as well.

So true neutrophil count may be lower.

And full isolation may be considered for a week or so till the mature neutrophil population increases above 800.
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