LUCIO PATOIA, M.D.; ROBERTO GUERCIOLINI, M.D.; FRANCESCO MENICHETTI, M.D.; GlAMPAOLO BUCANEVE, M.D.; ALBANO DEL FAVERO, M.D.
To the editor: Norfloxacin is a fluoro-quinolone used to treat urinary tract infections (1). Although decreased leukocyte or neutrophil counts have been reported in about 1% of patients receiving norfloxacin (2), single case reports documenting this type of side effect have not been published.
A 24-year-old woman was hospitalized because of anorexia nervosa. The biochemical analysis at admission showed slight normochromic normocytic anemia (hemoglobin, 12g/100 mL), normal leukocyte count (5600/mm3, with normal differential count), hypoalbuminemia (3g/100 mL), and raised alanine and aspartate aminotransferase levels (two to three times the normal values). No other laboratory abnormalities were seen.
Because of urinary
PATOIA L, GUERCIOLINI R, MENICHETTI F, BUCANEVE G, DEL FAVERO A. Norfloxacin and Neutropenia. Ann Intern Med. ;107:788–789. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-107-5-788_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;107(5):788-789.
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