Drug fever

McDonald, Malcolm, and Sexton, Daniel J. (2012) Drug fever. In: Weller, Peter F., (ed.) UpToDate. Wolters Kluwer Health, 1-8.

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[Extract] INTRODUCTION — Clinicians are universally aware of the common occurrence of fever caused by drugs, although reliable data on incidence are not available. Fever can be the sole manifestation of an adverse drug reaction in 3 to 5 percent of cases [1,2]. The risk of developing drug fever increases with the number of drugs prescribed, especially in elderly patients. Individuals with active HIV infection also appear to have an increased susceptibility to drug reactions of all types, including fever [3-5].

The recognition of drug fever is clinically important. Failure to recognize the etiologic relationship between a drug and fever often has undesired consequences including extra testing, unnecessary therapy, and longer hospital stays.

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Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2012 03:16
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1107 Immunology > 110799 Immunology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920108 Immune System and Allergy @ 100%
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