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Claus, M.A.ORCID: 0000-0003-1529-1480 (2018) Fever. In: Drobatz, K.J., Hopper, K., Rozanski, E. and Silverstein, D.C., (eds.) Textbook of Small Animal Emergency Medicine. Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, pp. 101-105.

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Elevated body temperature is a common finding in patients presenting to the emergency department. Differentiating fever from hyperthermia is an important first step in these patients, as the differentials and required diagnostics and therapeutics will be quite different between the two problems. Fever is an important adaptive response that is present throughout all of the animal kingdom. While it is sentinel of an underlying inflammatory disease, it is generally not harmful and does not require specific treatment in and of itself. Rather, its presence, along with findings from the rest of the physical examination, can help in developing a list of differentials and a diagnostic and therapeutic plan.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2019 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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