Is laparotomy necessary in the diagnosis of fever of unknown origin?

Ozaras R. , Celik A. F. , Zengin K. , Mert A., Ozturkk R., Cicek Y. , ...Daha Fazla

ACTA CHIRURGICA BELGICA, cilt.105, ss.89-92, 2005 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 105 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2005
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/00015458.2005.11679673
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.89-92


Fever of unknown origin (FUO) is a diagnostic challenge for the practising physician. Detailed medical history, physical examination, non-invasive laboratory tests, and radiologic examinations compose the first level in the diagnostic approach to the FUO. When a diagnosis cannot be established with these procedures, some invasive diagnostic techniques and finally exploratory laparotomy are performed. Although advanced diagnostic measures and imaging-guided less invasive procedures have decreased the need, laparotomy remains as a final diagnostic method for FUO cases. In this study we evaluate the role and importance of laparotomy in the diagnosis of our FUO cases.