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Cureus ; 12(9): e10607, 2020 Sep 23.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-836398


Fever of unknown origin (FUO) is defined as fever (>101°F) that lasts more than three weeks and for which a cause is not found within seven days of hospital evaluation. FUO has a broad list of differentials - infection, inflammatory diseases, and malignancy. A detailed history and meticulous clinical examination with thorough and stepwise investigations lead to a diagnosis in only two-thirds of cases. In this article, we present a 17-year-old adolescent girl, with no significant past medical history, who presented with FUO during the COVID pandemic. A high index of suspicion and extensive investigations revealed the final diagnosis.

Pediatrics ; 146(1)2020 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-203500


The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of medicine and raises numerous moral dilemmas for clinicians. Foremost of these quandaries is how to delineate and implement crisis standards of care and, specifically, how to consider how health care resources should be distributed in times of shortage. We review basic principles of disaster planning and resource stewardship with ethical relevance for this and future public health crises, explore the role of illness severity scoring systems and their limitations and potential contribution to health disparities, and consider the role for exceptionally resource-intensive interventions. We also review the philosophical and practical underpinnings of crisis standards of care and describe historical approaches to scarce resource allocation to offer analysis and guidance for pediatric clinicians. Particular attention is given to the impact on children of this endeavor. Although few children have required hospitalization for symptomatic infection, children nonetheless have the potential to be profoundly affected by the strain on the health care system imposed by the pandemic and should be considered prospectively in resource allocation frameworks.

Betacoronavirus , Pandemics/ethics , Pediatrics/ethics , Resource Allocation/ethics , COVID-19 , Child , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Delivery of Health Care/ethics , Delivery of Health Care/methods , Humans , Pediatrics/methods , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , Resource Allocation/methods , SARS-CoV-2