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Answer: What about antibiotics? Should everyone with a fever get antibiotics?

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Answer: Absolutely not. Antibiotic use should be based on the patient’s specific presentation and diagnosis after a thorough history and physical examination and directed laboratory and ancillary tests. Most clinicians advocate giving appropriate antibiotics immediately to any patient who appears toxic or has suspected bacterial meningitis, without delaying for cultures. Other patients who should be […]

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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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