How does medication history affect the diagnosis of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS)?

Updated: May 07, 2018
  • Author: Lewis J Kaplan, MD, FACS, FCCM, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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The patient's medications should be reviewed. Medication side effects or pharmacologic properties may either induce or mask SIRS (eg, beta-blockers prevent tachycardia). Recent changes in medications should be addressed to rule out drug-drug interactions or a new side effect. Allergy information should be gathered and the specifics of the reaction should be obtained.


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