Infection and inflammation

Christopher J. Palestro, Charito Love, Maria B. Tomas

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Abstract

Despite dramatic advances in its prevention and treatment, infection remains a major cause of morbidity in children, accounting for approximately 30% of childhood deaths worldwide.1 The development of powerful antimicrobial agents has improved patient survival, but timely diagnosis is equally, if not more, important. In adults, most infections can be diagnosed with a thorough history, a complete physical examination, and appropriate laboratory tests. In the pediatric population, unfortunately, this is a difficult task. Children do not, or will not, verbalize their feelings, and the history is often little more than secondhand information obtained from a parent. The physical examination of an ailing child can be difficult, if not impossible. Further complicating matters is the fact that inflammatory conditions such as vasculitis and inflammatory disease may mimic infection. Consequently, empiric treatment with antibiotics, which may be neither appropriate nor effective, is often instituted. Imaging procedures are usually reserved for those patients in whom symptomatology or physical findings point to a specific region of the body.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Nuclear Medicine/PET: Third Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Pages419-445
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)038732321X, 9780387323213
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Inflammation
Physical Examination
Infection
History
Body Regions
Vasculitis
Anti-Infective Agents
Emotions
Pediatrics
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Morbidity
Survival
Therapeutics
Population
ailing

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Palestro, C. J., Love, C., & Tomas, M. B. (2007). Infection and inflammation. In Pediatric Nuclear Medicine/PET: Third Edition (pp. 419-445). Springer New York. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-32322-0_15

Infection and inflammation. / Palestro, Christopher J.; Love, Charito; Tomas, Maria B.

Pediatric Nuclear Medicine/PET: Third Edition. Springer New York, 2007. p. 419-445.

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Palestro, CJ, Love, C & Tomas, MB 2007, Infection and inflammation. in Pediatric Nuclear Medicine/PET: Third Edition. Springer New York, pp. 419-445. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-32322-0_15
Palestro CJ, Love C, Tomas MB. Infection and inflammation. In Pediatric Nuclear Medicine/PET: Third Edition. Springer New York. 2007. p. 419-445 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-32322-0_15
Palestro, Christopher J. ; Love, Charito ; Tomas, Maria B. / Infection and inflammation. Pediatric Nuclear Medicine/PET: Third Edition. Springer New York, 2007. pp. 419-445
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