Fever of Unknown Origin
(FUO; Pyrexia of Unknown Origin)
DefinitionFever of unknown origin (FUO) is a higher body temperature with no clear cause, even though there has been at least one or two weeks of testing.
CausesThe cause of this fever is unknown. In some people the cause may never be known.Factors that may make it difficult to find a cause include:
- A common illness that does not have the usual symptoms
- Illness with other symptoms that may appear later
- Illnesses that 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—rare
Risk FactorsSince the cause of FUO is unclear, there are no specific factors that increase your chance of this fever.
SymptomsA fever is generally considered a temperature over 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius) but the exact number can vary. A fever of unknown origin may be consistent or occur sporadically.The fever may also be accompanied by chills, sweating, or other symptoms that are caused by the underlying illness.
DiagnosisYou will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. If there is no clear cause, your doctor will begin to narrow possibilities. You may be asked the following:
- Were you traveling abroad?
- Were you hospitalized?
- Is your immune system damaged?
- What medications are you currently taking?
- Blood tests
- Urine tests
|Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.|
More from Beliefnet
Many medical groups felt that early exposure to certain foods like peanuts increased a child's risk of developing food allergies. However, newer research including this trial suggest that early exposure may actually decrease the risk of developing food allergies.
Breastfeeding May Decrease the Risk of Childhood Obesity
Tonsillectomy May Reduce Number of Sore Throat Days in Children
Research Review Finds Little Support for Nearly Half of Medical Talk Show Recommendations