Great news today. My son no longer needs to get bone marrow tests!
My son suffers a condition called Severe Chronic Neutropenia (SCN). He’s had it from the time he was very little. If SCN is genetic then an increased risk of developing Leukemia is also present. As a result of this, until it can be established that the SCN is not genetic, the patient must undergo annual bone marrow testing so as to monitor for the early stages or even the pre-cursors to Leukemia. Bone marrow testing is a frightening and painful process.
Several months ago my son was tested to see if his SCN is genetic or idiopathic. Well, actually the test only determines whether or not the SCN is genetic. In my son’s case, if it is not genetic then it must be idiopathic. The test results were negative meaning that his SCN is not genetic. He was scheduled to go in for bone marrow testing on Friday. At his appointment today the doctors told him that he doesn’t need the tests anymore. That makes for a pretty happy day the Smittie house.
Pre-adult patients with Idiopathic SCN can grow out of it. That is, their body can, as it matures, begin producing appropriate levels of neutrophils. This is our hope and prayer for our son.
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