Hyperacute leucopenia associated with furosemide

BMJ Case Rep. 2017 Nov 21:2017:bcr2016218776. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2016-218776.


A 72-year-old man presented to the hospital with exacerbation of congestive heart failure. He was given furosemide 40 mg intravenously twice at 4 hours apart. At 4 hours after the second dose of furosemide, his white blood cells (WBC) dropped acutely from 9.8 to 2.4×109/L (reference range 4.1 to 9.3×109/L). With the discontinuation of furosemide, the WBC trended up to 7.1×109/L about 13 hours after the second dose of intravenous furosemide and remained in normal range for the next 3 days. However, when the oral furosemide was started on hospital day 4, there was a mild drop in WBC count, which returned to and maintained at baseline since the next day. The dynamic changes in the patient's WBC were coincident with the use of furosemide. The possible mechanisms of furosemide-associated transient hyperacute leucopenia were discussed.

Keywords: cardiovascular system; haematology (drugs and medicines).

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Aged
  • Diuretics / administration & dosage
  • Diuretics / adverse effects*
  • Furosemide / administration & dosage
  • Furosemide / adverse effects*
  • Heart Failure / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Leukocyte Count
  • Leukopenia / chemically induced*
  • Male


  • Diuretics
  • Furosemide