2017 Volume 56 Issue 16 Pages 2199-2203
Although anti-neutrophil antibodies (ANAs) often exist and immunoreaction may be involved in agranulocytosis, few reports have so far described ANA-positive cases of agranulocytosis with an unknown etiology. We herein describe the case of a 69-year-old woman who presented with ANA-positive agranulocytosis. In this case, both the withdrawal of the drugs that had possibly caused neutropenia and the use of granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) were ineffective treatment measures. Approximately 2 weeks after the discontinuation of the suspected drugs, we initiated corticosteroid pulse therapy; the neutrophil count recovered by day 19 of steroid therapy. High-dose methylprednisolone therapy should thus be considered for patients demonstrating ANA-positive agranulocytosis with an unknown etiology that is refractory to G-CSF treatment.