Implications of leukocytosis and fever at conclusion of antibiotic therapy for intra-abdominal sepsis.

@article{Lennard1982ImplicationsOL,
  title={Implications of leukocytosis and fever at conclusion of antibiotic therapy for intra-abdominal sepsis.},
  author={E S Lennard and E. Patchen Dellinger and M J Wertz and Barbara Minshew},
  journal={Annals of surgery},
  year={1982},
  volume={195 1},
  pages={19-24}
}
Outcomes of 65 patients after operation who had exhibited a clinical response to treatment for intra-abdominal sepsis were compared based on the presence or absence of leukocytosis and fever at the conclusion of antibiotic therapy. Fifty-one patients were afebrile when antibiotics were stopped. Intra-abdominal infection developed in 7 of 21 (33%) who had a persistent leukocytosis, but no intra-abdominal infections developed after operation in 30 patients who had normal WBC counts at the end of… CONTINUE READING
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