Early discharge of pediatric febrile neutropenic cancer patients by substitution of oral for intravenous antibiotics.


In an open, prospective pilot study of pediatric cancer patients, 23 episodes of fever and neutropenia were treated with intravenous and then oral antibiotics. After 72 hours, patients were changed from intravenous to oral antibiotics if the following criteria were met: negative blood cultures, temperature 38.0 degrees C or lower for 24 hours, absolute… (More)