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Rebuttal From Drs Mohr and DoerschugRebuttal From Drs Mohr and Doerschug

Nicholas M. Mohr, MD; Kevin C. Doerschug, MD, FCCP
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From the Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Critical Care, Department of Anesthesia (Dr Mohr), and the Division of Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine (Dr Doerschug), University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Correspondence to: Nicholas M. Mohr, MD, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, 200 Hawkins Dr, 1008 RCP, Iowa City, IA 52242; e-mail: nicholas-mohr@uiowa.edu


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Chest. 2013;144(4):1101-1102. doi:10.1378/chest.13-0917
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In their counterpoint editorial, Drs Drewry and Hotchkiss1 present a well-reasoned argument of why fever may benefit those with life-threatening infections. We agree with several of their points that likely merit little further discussion:

  • 1. Fever is an adaptive response and affords some host protection;

  • 2. Little evidence-based support exists for use of antipyretic medications to improve fever-associated morbidity and/or mortality; and

  • 3. Fever control in life-threatening infection merits further high-quality study.

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