Agranulocytosis and septicaemia developing in a patient with rheumatoid arthritis after 3 years’ intermittent treatment with diclofenac, cimetidine and flucloxacillin for staphylococcal osteomyelitis is described. Treatment with recombinant granulocyte-colony-stimulating factor and high-dose methyl-prednisolone had no effect on the neutropenia which resolved on stopping all drug therapy. Relapse of agranulocytosis followed reintroduction of flucloxacillin and cimetidine 3 months later.
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