Which symptoms suggest an infectious inflammatory cause of fever of unknown origin (FUO)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Clues and etiologic associations are as follows:

  • Previous abdominal surgery, trauma, or a history of diverticulosis, peritonitis, endoscopy, urologic or gynecologic procedures: Intraabdominal abscess, perinephric abscess, psoas abscess
  • Erythema nodosum, painful nodules on shins: Granulomatous fungal infections, histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, Yersinia enteritis, tuberculosis

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