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High wbc, plt, tnf-a. Persistent low grade fever(99.5-101.5), 5w preg, on p4 supp. How do you diagnose whether fever is from cytokines or infections?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Fever

One of the major stimuli for the hypothalamus to adjust the body temperature is the production of cytokines.
These are substances released from one cell which affect the behavior of other cells and one of the primary stimuli for the release of cytokines is infection. The story you tell suggests that you have a chronic focus of inflammation and this may well be due to infection. See your doctor.

In brief: Fever

One of the major stimuli for the hypothalamus to adjust the body temperature is the production of cytokines.
These are substances released from one cell which affect the behavior of other cells and one of the primary stimuli for the release of cytokines is infection. The story you tell suggests that you have a chronic focus of inflammation and this may well be due to infection. See your doctor.
Dr. Martin Raff
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Dr. Martin Raff
After reading your response to the above, you should definitely be seen by an infectious diseases expert. The empirical use of antibiotics and steroids without a specific diagnosis can be potentially harmful. Good luck
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