Suspected betamethasone-induced leukemoid reaction in a premature infant

David S. Hoff, Mark C. Mammel

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The use of antenatal corticosteroids in threatened pregnancies of less than 34 weeks' duration is a valuable tool for assisting fetal lung maturation. Although this practice has existed for over 20 years, little is known about a rare extreme elevation of the newborn's white blood cell count, called a leukemoid reaction. A case of leukemoid reaction is discussed to assist the clinician with the current thought processes and diagnostic differential behind this benign condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1031-1034
Number of pages4
Issue number5 I
StatePublished - Sep 1997


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