Blood cultures for persistent fever in neutropenic pediatric patients are of low diagnostic yield

Kari Neemann, Alexandra B. Yonts, Fang Qiu, Kari A Simonsen, Stefanie Lowas, Alison Gail Freifeld

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The incidence of bacteremia at the onset of pediatric febrile neutropenia (FN) at 2 academically linked institutions was 9.84%, and subsequent blood cultures performed for children with persistent FN yielded an incidence of 4.21%. Until the risk factors for new-onset bacteremia in patients being treated for FN can be identified and diagnostic methods can be improved, compliance with national guidelines is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberpiu145
Pages (from-to)219-221
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 10 2016



  • Blood culture
  • Febrile neutropenia
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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