Emergencies in Infectious Diseases
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.
KeywordsCancer Infection Immunocompromise Sepsis Pneumonia Neutropenia Catheter-associated infections Surgical wound infections
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