GEORGE KARP, M.D.; NICHOLAS ROBERT, M.D.; STEVEN PAPISH, M.D.
To the editor: Infections in cancer patients with severe leukopenia secondary to chemotherapy cause a great degree of morbidity and mortality. It is generally recommended that the number of invasive procedures during periods of leukopenia be limited (1). We have recently studied two cases of severe infection caused by finger sticks in leukopenic patients.
Case 1: A 63-year-old woman was receiving chemotherapy for recurrent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A routine finger stick was done on the right middle finger. The finger had been prepped with an alcohol swab. Leukocyte count was 300/mm3. Two days later, the finger became swollen, tender, and violaceous,
GEORGE KARP, NICHOLAS ROBERT, STEVEN PAPISH. Infection from Finger Sticks in Leukopenic Patients. Ann Intern Med. 1981;95:392–393. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-3-392_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(3):392-393.
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