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Letters Febrile neutropenia

National guidelines are urgently needed

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 25 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d449
  1. Michael A Przybylo, specialty trainee (StR1) in medical microbiology at the Northwest Deanery1,
  2. Achyut Guleri, consultant microbiologist1,
  3. Rashmi Sharma, consultant microbiologist1,
  4. Ruth Palmer, consultant microbiologist1
  1. 1Department of Clinical Microbiology, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool FY3 8NR, UK
  1. mike.przybylo{at}

Febrile neutropenia is a medical emergency that is associated with morbidity and mortality if not managed appropriately with urgency.1 Guidelines define fever as either a single oral temperature of 38.3°C or 38.0°C for one hour and neutropenia as a neutrophil count ≤0.5×109/L or ≤1.0×109/L, with a predicted decrease …

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