Diagnostic Snapshot

Persistent Fever While on Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics in a Patient With Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Xin Li, CRNP, AOCNP®

From University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, Baltimore, Maryland

Author’s disclosure of conflicts of interest is found at the end of this article.

Correspondence to: Xin Li, CRNP, AOCNP®, University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center, 22 S Greene Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. E-mail: lixin.0221@gmail.com


J Adv Pract Oncol 2021;12(7):754–756 | https://doi.org/10.6004/jadpro.2021.12.7.9 | © 2021 Harborside™


  

ABSTRACT

For solid tumor patients, acute infectious process is often underestimated, especially when caused by fungal, viral, or other atypical pathogens. Providers should perform a comprehensive infectious workup to rule out uncommon pathogen-induced infection before considering tumor fever. Active infection can be life threatening given most patients with cancer are receiving chemotherapy, immunotherapy, or even cellular therapy, as is the case with the patient discussed in this article.




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