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Emergencies in Infectious Diseases

  • Carmen Esther GonzalezEmail author
  • Kalen Jacobson
  • Mary Markovich
Part of the MD Anderson Cancer Care Series book series (MDCCS)

Abstract

A cancer patient who visits The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Emergency Center (EC) with symptoms such as fever, hypotension, and changes in mental status will undergo an evaluation for possible sepsis. This chapter covers infectious complications in cancer patients. In it we describe specific infectious processes that most commonly affect our patient population: pneumonia, neutropenic fever, sepsis, and surgical wound infections. Infections related to the presence of catheters in various parts of the body, including central venous catheters, may be frequently associated with certain micro-organisms.

Keywords

Cancer Infection Immunocompromise Sepsis Pneumonia Neutropenia Catheter-associated infections Surgical wound infections 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carmen Esther Gonzalez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kalen Jacobson
    • 1
  • Mary Markovich
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Emergency Medicine, Unit 1468The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA

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