FEver in Neutropenia

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Antipseudomonal b-lactams, a fourth-generation cephalosporin, or a carbapenem are options for empiric therapy for pediatric high-risk febrile neutropenia.

The choice of agent will depend on local susceptibility patterns and a second agent directed at gram negatives (such as an aminoglycoside) may used in some centers. All of these regimens provide a broad gram negative including pseudomonas coverage. Piperacillin/tazobactam or a carbapenem would provide anerobic coverage while cefepime would not.

Additional gram negative coverage and/or Vancomycin may be needed in some higher risk patients and those who are clinically ill.


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