7 January 2021 (Thusday) - Neutropenia

Here’s an interesting article from the American Society of Hematology… I’ve known for a long time that people of African origin often have much lower neutrophil counts than many other ethnic groups. Now I’ve found that it would seem to be connected to the Duffy- Null (Fy(a-b-) phenotype)

Now in no way does this observation incite racial hatred or imply one group is in any way better or inferior to another. It just is.. and it may well be relevant in my daily practice when I find mild neutropenia as a chance finding.

The author of the paper seems to be making some political-racial statement about it though… I don’t really understand how or why…

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