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Please help us. Our daughter has fever of unknown origin. What can we do to learn more about it?
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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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Fever of unknown origin or FUO tends to be extremely frustrating and at times frightening.
The workup for this problem tends is extensive, long and unfortunately expensive. The reasons for this is that FUO can be caused by so many different problems and on rare occassions may go away before a daignosis is made. You must stay on top of the mds following your daughter and asking what tests are done.

In brief: ASK QUESTIONS
Fever of unknown origin or FUO tends to be extremely frustrating and at times frightening.
The workup for this problem tends is extensive, long and unfortunately expensive. The reasons for this is that FUO can be caused by so many different problems and on rare occassions may go away before a daignosis is made. You must stay on top of the mds following your daughter and asking what tests are done.
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
ASK FOR COPIES OF TEST REORTS AND IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THEM ASK QUESTIONS TILL YOU ARE SATISFIED WITH THE ANSWERS. I WISH YOU ALL LUCK WITH THIS PROBLEM
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Superb answer Dr. Waller. The best patients are the ones that have the best, educated questions.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
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In brief: Fever unknown origin
The cause of FUO varies with age.
Infection, usually atypical (or otherwise they would have figured it out), is always a possibility--consider tb, brucella, salmonella, malaria, hiv, etc. Cancer or leukemia is a possibility. Rheumatologic or autoimmune diseases (like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.) too. Drug reaction. 12% have no cause identified, and these cases have good outcomes.

In brief: Fever unknown origin
The cause of FUO varies with age.
Infection, usually atypical (or otherwise they would have figured it out), is always a possibility--consider tb, brucella, salmonella, malaria, hiv, etc. Cancer or leukemia is a possibility. Rheumatologic or autoimmune diseases (like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.) too. Drug reaction. 12% have no cause identified, and these cases have good outcomes.
Dr. Colin Kerr
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