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Infections in Patients with Febrile Neutropenia: Epidemiology, Microbiology, and Risk Stratification

Claudio Viscoli, Oliviero Varnier and Marco Machetti

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 40, issue Supplement_4, pages S240-S245
Published in print April 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/427329
Infections in Patients with Febrile Neutropenia: Epidemiology, Microbiology, and Risk Stratification

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Determinations of the type and setting of empirical therapy for immunocompromised patients with fever are complicated by the characteristics of the underlying illness and the effects of treatments already received, as well as by changing microbiological patterns and trends in drug resistance at national and institutional levels. Several systems have been proposed to distinguish patients who could benefit from outpatient antibiotic therapy from patients who require hospitalization. Practical considerations may decide whether the necessary monitoring during the period of neutropenia can be achieved.

Journal Article.  3517 words.  Illustrated.

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

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