Neutropenia physical examination
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Physical examination should focus on identifying any potential signs of infection and is directed by the patients' presenting symptoms. A rectal examination should not be performed in a patient with neutropenia.
A rectal examination should not be performed in a patient with neutropenia.
- Signs of distress
- Localizing sources of pain
- Conjunctival and palatal pallor
- Petechiae or purpura
- Mucositis or other oropharyngeal lesions
- Confusion or disorientation
- Neck stiffness
- Focal neurological abnormalities
- Joint swelling or deformity
- ↑ Freifeld AG, Bow EJ, Sepkowitz KA, Boeckh MJ, Ito JI, Mullen CA, Raad II, Rolston KV, Young JA, Wingard JR; Infectious Diseases Society of America. (2011). "Clinical practice guideline for the use of antimicrobial agents in neutropenic patients with cancer: 2010 update by the infectious diseases society of america". Clin Infect Dis. 52 (4): e56–95. PMID 21258094.