125593 - How To Treat quiz: Fever in a child - Part 2: Complex presentations
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How to Treat quiz: Fever in children part 2: complex presentationsRelevance to General Practice
Fever in a child is usually self-limiting, and reflects the appropriate immune response to an infection. Occasionally a fever in a child may be harder to decipher and more difficult to manage.
Although most childhood fever has an infectious aetiology, it may reflect other serious disease including malignancy, auto-immune disease, auto-inflammatory disease and immunodeficiency. Investigation and management of these cases require subspecialty input but relies heavily on GPs to recognise febrile children with atypical or concerning features.