Evaluating postoperative fever: a focused approach.

  title={Evaluating postoperative fever: a focused approach.},
  author={James C. Pile},
  journal={Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine},
  volume={73 Suppl 1},
  • James C. Pile
  • Published 2006 in Cleveland Clinic journal of medicine
Postoperative fever should be evaluated with a focused approach rather than in "shotgun" fashion. Most fevers that develop within the first 48 hours after surgery are benign and self-limiting. However, it is critical that physicians who provide postoperative care be able to recognize the minority of fevers that demand immediate attention, based on the patient's history, a targeted physical examination, and further studies if appropriate. Fever that develops after the first 2 days following… CONTINUE READING


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