Fever in the postoperative patient

Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2013 Nov;31(4):1045-58. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2013.07.011.


Postprocedure fevers vary in the timing of their occurrence, duration, and severity. Such fevers do not all have an infectious cause, but they all require thorough investigation to rule out life-threatening conditions. This article summarizes the principles of diagnosis and management of postprocedure fevers for the emergency care provider.

Keywords: Atelectasis; Clostridium difficile; Fever; Inflammation; Intra-abdominal abscess; Necrotizing soft-tissue infection; Pneumonia; Urinary tract infection.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fever / diagnosis
  • Fever / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnosis
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology*
  • Risk Factors