Fever of Unknown Origin
(FUO; Pyrexia of Unknown Origin)
- A common illness that does not have the usual symptoms
- Illness, whose other symptoms appear later
- Illnesses who may have a delayed positive test
- Person is unable to communicate about other symptoms such as an infant or someone in a coma
- Genetic condition that causes periodic fevers—very rare
- Were you traveling abroad?
- Were you hospitalized?
- Is your immune system damaged?
- What medicines are you currently taking?
- Blood, urine, and other body products testing
- Images of internal organs and structures with x-rays , CT scans, MRI scans, or ultrasound
- Biopsy of suspicious tissue
- Endoscopies to examine the inside of the lungs, intestines, or sinuses
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2013 -
- Update Date: 07/00/2013 -
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