Fever Without a Focus Follow-up

Updated: Nov 07, 2016
  • Author: Saul R Hymes, MD, FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Outpatient Care

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  • All children and infants with a febrile illness without a focus of bacterial infection require close follow-up care and instructions to return if the patient's condition deteriorates.
  • Follow-up visits should be arranged within 24-48 hours after the initial visit.
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Further Inpatient Care

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  • Patients with fever without a focus who fail to improve with outpatient treatment may require hospital admission for further evaluation and treatment.
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Inpatient & Outpatient Medications

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  • Tailor medication choice to the source of infection, if known. Administer empiric treatment based on the most likely organisms.
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Complications

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  • Although almost all infants, toddlers, and young children with fever without a focus have benign, viral infections, a small number may have serious bacterial infection, which makes good follow-up all the more important.
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Prognosis

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  • Prognosis for an appropriately treated patient is excellent.
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Patient Education

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