Cyclic neutropenia is a relatively benign disease characterized by low neutrophil (one of the types of infection-fighting cells) counts every 14 to 35 days.
Symptoms of cyclic neutropenia include recurrent bacterial infections that may manifest as fevers, mouth ulcers, sore throat, gingival infections, and others. Disease symptoms can be diffuse — with your child not feeling well for a few days each month — or life-threatening. As your child grows, the disease tends to be less severe.
Cyclic neutropenia is usually diagnosed in the first year of life for children with a history of cyclical infections. Blood and genetic tests confirm the diagnosis.