How are neutropenic fevers and sepsis prevented in diffuse large cell lymphoma?

Updated: Jun 12, 2019
  • Author: Shipra Gandhi, MBBS; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Neutropenic fevers and sepsis

Neutropenic fevers and sepsis are the most common potentially serious complications of chemotherapy. If not recognized and treated aggressively, these infections can cause rapid deterioration of the patient's condition, which could lead to death.

The use of cytokines (granulocyte colony-stimulating factors [G-CSFs] or granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factors [GM-CSFs]) has been helpful in preventing infections by shortening, and in some cases preventing, the neutropenic period. The use of prophylactic antibiotics (especially with the fluoroquinolones [eg, ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin]) has been shown to be effective in preventing neutropenic infections.


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