Medical Guideline: Febrile Neutropenia

Brief Description: Febrile neutropenia is defined as a single oral temperature > 38.0° C (100.4°F) and ANC < 500, or < 1000, with an expected decline to < 500. Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, specifically, remains the major predisposing factor to infection in cancer patients. This guideline presents a clinical algorithm for the evaluation and treatment of febrile neutropenia. Criteria for recognition of sepsis as well as recommendations for duration of antibiotic use are included.


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