Fever of Unknown Origin Caused by Tuberculosis

  • Bofinger J
  • Schlossberg D
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Tuberculosis is an important cause of fever of unknown origin. Travel, age, dialysis, diabetes, birth in a country with a high prevalence of tuberculosis, and immunoincompetence are among the most salient risks. Associated physical findings, radiologic evaluation, and hematologic and endocrinologic abnormalities may provide clues to the diagnosis. Both noninvasive and invasive diagnostic modalities are reviewed. Because diagnosis may be elusive, therapeutic and diagnostic trials of antituberculous therapy should be considered in all patients with fever of unknown origin who defy diagnosis. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Jason J. Bofinger

  • David Schlossberg

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