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Fever in immunocompromised patient



  • Gram-negative enteric organisms
  • Pseudomonas
  • Gram-positive cocci, eg, S. aureus, S. epidermidis
  • Candida
  • Aspergillus and other fungi
Cellular immune defect (HIV, lymphoma, immunosuppressive drugs)
  • Bacteria: Listeria, Legionella, Salmonella, Mycobacterium
  • Viruses: herpes simplex virus, varicella, cytomegalovirus
  • Fungi: Cryptococcus, Coccidioides, Histoplasma, Pneumocystis
  • Protozoa: Toxoplasma
Humoral immune defect (congenital, multiple myeloma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia)
  • Encapsulated organisms: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis
Asplenia (functional or anatomic)
  • Encapsulated organisms: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis
Noninfectious causes
  • Transplant rejection
  • Organ ischemia or necrosis
  • Thrombophlebitis
  • Lymphoma

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Last updated: December 1, 2014


Zeiger, Roni F.. "Fever in Immunocompromised Patient." Diagnosaurus, 4th ed., McGraw-Hill Education, 2014. Emergency Central, emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/Diagnosaurus/114421/all/Fever_in_immunocompromised_patient.
Zeiger RF. Fever in immunocompromised patient. Diagnosaurus. 4th ed. McGraw-Hill Education; 2014. https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/Diagnosaurus/114421/all/Fever_in_immunocompromised_patient. Accessed April 26, 2019.
Zeiger, R. F. (2014). Fever in immunocompromised patient. In Diagnosaurus. Available from https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/Diagnosaurus/114421/all/Fever_in_immunocompromised_patient
Zeiger RF. Fever in Immunocompromised Patient [Internet]. In: Diagnosaurus. McGraw-Hill Education; 2014. [cited 2019 April 26]. Available from: https://emergency.unboundmedicine.com/emergency/view/Diagnosaurus/114421/all/Fever_in_immunocompromised_patient.
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