A case of severe cefepime-related neutropenia in a 15-year-old patient

Scand J Infect Dis. 2010;42(2):156-7. doi: 10.3109/00365540903380503.


We describe the case of a 15-y-old boy with a post-surgical osteoarticular infection, who developed a severe neutropenia after 24 days of treatment with cefepime. Our report suggests that, although rare, severe neutropenia should be considered by clinicians when prescribing cefepime, especially if long-term therapy is expected.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / adverse effects*
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Cefepime
  • Cephalosporins / adverse effects*
  • Cephalosporins / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neutropenia / chemically induced*
  • Osteoarthritis / drug therapy
  • Surgical Wound Infection / drug therapy


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Cephalosporins
  • Cefepime