Journal Article

Diagnostic Implications and Clinical Consequences of Antipyretic Therapy

Philip A. Mackowiak

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 31, issue Supplement_5, pages S230-S233
Published in print October 2000 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2000 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/317512
Diagnostic Implications and Clinical Consequences of Antipyretic Therapy

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It has been suggested that the response to antipyretic therapy might differentiate between fevers due to serious illness and fevers caused by less severe disorders; that neoplastic fevers are more responsive to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs than are infectious fevers; that the metabolic costs of fever can exceeds its clinical benefits; that antipyretic therapy can prevent or reverse febrile seizures in children and fever-associated mental dysfunction in frail elderly patients. This article examines the data on which these assertions are based.

Journal Article.  2359 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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