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Table 4 Characteristics, diagnoses, microbiological findings and treatment among patients who died during hospitalisation in a cohort of 100 patients admitted with fever to a tertiary care hospital in South India (n = 7)

From: Fever in the tropics: aetiology and case-fatality - a prospective observational study in a tertiary care hospital in South India

P Fever (days) Final diagnosis Microbiological findings Anti-microbial treatment1 LOS
1 105 Spleen abscess Blood culture: Diphteroides3 Meropenem 22
2 90 LMD2 Sputum: Acinetobacter anitratus Metronidazol, ampicillin, cloxacillin, gentamycin 20
    Urine: E-coli   
3 5 Sepsis Sputum: MRSA, enterobacteriaceae Imipenem, penicillin, ciprofloxacin, metronidazol 14
Pseudomonas spp
Blood: Klebsiella
4 15 Pulmonary infection and sepsis None Ampicillin 3
5 30 Endocarditis and sepsis Blood: Staphylococcus aureus Penicillin G, cloxacillin 1
6 3 Pulmonary infection and sepsis Sputum and CSF: Fungus Penicillin G 16
7 3 Pulmonary infection and sepsis Blood: Streptococcus viridans Penicillin G, doxycyclin, cefotaxime 7
  1. Abbreviations: P patient, Neg. negative, LMD lymphomalignant disorder, UTI urinary tract infection, MRSA methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, LOS length of stay, SLE systemic lupus erythematosus.
  2. 1Antibiotics given as combination treatment or successively.
  3. 2Hairy cell leukaemia found by bone marrow histology.
  4. 3Probably due to contamination of sample from skin.