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Question: What is an FUO?

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Answer: No, not an UFO, an FUO. FUO, or fever of unknown origin, is defined as a fever greater than 38.3°C (100.9°F), documented on several occasions during a period longer than 3 weeks, with an uncertain diagnosis after l week of evaluation in the hospital. If the patient presents for an initial evaluation of a […]

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Question: Are there causes of fever other than infection?

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Answer: Yes. Although infections are definitely the most common causes of fever, there are numerous other causes. Neoplastic diseases (e.g., leukemia, lymphoma, solid tumors) and collagen vascular diseases (e.g., giant cell arteritis, polyarteritis nodosa, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis) are the second and third most common causes of fever. Other causes include central nervous system […]

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