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ISSN print: 0393 – 0564
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BC: Articoli scritti da M. Pinelli

Un caso di falsa neutropenia
A case of fictitious neutropenia
<p>A 2-month-old newborn was hospitalized for fever, persistent infections, failure to thrive. Complete differential blood count detected a severe neutropenia and monocytosis, associated to an anomalous scatterplot of the hematology analyzer. Blood film review showed that neutrophils had been misclassified as monocytes, due to hypogranulated cytoplasms and nuclear hyposegmentation. Re-analysis on a different hematology platform agreed with the manual differential count. These clinical-morphological features suggested a possible diagnosis of immune deficiency due to lack of neutrophil specific granules. Indeed, Sanger sequencing allowed the detection of a homozygous mutation in SMARCD2 gene, whose alterations very recently had been associated to a similar syndrome, encompassing both hematological and skeletal anomalies. This case shows that a proper interpretation of routine tests can successfully drive the choice of higher-level analysis and led to a prompt diagnosis of a very rare condition. The diagnosis paved the way to a precocious allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation that successfully cured the condition of immune deficiency and the hematology abnormalities of the young patient.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 45(2) e15-e19
Casi clinici - Case report