Initial Empiric Therapy for Fever in Neutropenia
Despite significant improvements in supportive care, infection remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality for patients with cancer undergoing intensive chemotherapy. This is particularly important for patients with hematologic malignancies receiving induction-chemotherapy or bone marrow transplantation. Neutropenia (<1000 granulocytes/μl) is the most significant risk factor with the majority of the infections developing at a granulocyte count <500/μl and almost all the bacteremias at <100 granulocytes/μl (Bodey et al. 1966).
KeywordsEmpiric Therapy Neutropenic Patient Febrile Neutropenic Patient Neutropenic Cancer Patient Initial Empiric Therapy
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