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Fever in Adults (cont.)

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Author: Charles Davis, MD, PhD

Editor: Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor,

Previous contributing authors and editors:

Author: Kelly A Ellis, MD, Staff Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland.

Coauthor(s): Katherine M Prybys, DO, Assistant Professor, Departments of Emergency Medicine and Toxicology, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; James S Cohen, MD, Consulting Staff, James Cohen, PC.


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Last Editorial Review: 4/20/2012

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Fever of unknown origin (FUO) was defined in 1961 by Petersdorf and Beeson as the following: (1) a temperature greater than 38.3°C (101°F) on several occasions, (2) more than 3 weeks' duration of illness, and (3) failure to reach a diagnosis despite one week of inpatient investigation.

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