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Ann Pediatr Cardiol. 2012 Jan;5(1):61-8. doi: 10.4103/0974-2069.93714.

Approach to postoperative fever in pediatric cardiac patients.

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Department of Critical Care Medicine, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, Okhla, New Delhi, India.


Fever in the postoperative period in children undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease is fairly common and tends to cause anxiety to both the surgeon and the patient. Such fever is associated with the metabolic response to trauma, systemic response to the cardiopulmonary bypass, hypothermia, presence of drainage tubes, drugs, blood transfusion as well as infections. Establishing the diagnosis requires proper assessment of the patient with focused history, targeted physical examination and judicious use of investigations with the knowledge of the common causes.


C0 ardiac surgery; fever; postoperative

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