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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31822c8f36
Clinical Guidelines

Highlights From Clinical Practice Guideline for the Use of Antimicrobial Agents in Neutropenic Patients With Cancer: An Update by the Infectious Diseases Society of America

File, Thomas M. Jr MD

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This is an update of prior guidelines on this topic and highlights recent advances in antimicrobial drug availability, clinical trial results, and extensive clinical experience since the prior guideline in 2002. All patients who present with fever and neutropenia should be treated swiftly and broadly with antibiotics to treat both gram-positive and gram-negative pathogens. Specific antimicrobial therapy should be based on a variety of factors that include high or low risk of infection based on presenting signs and symptoms, type of cancer, underlying conditions, and extent of neutropenia.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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