No evidence that post-operative atelectasis causes fever

In this large systematic review of 8 studies and almost 1,000 post operative patients, there is no conclusive evidence that atelectasis is associated with fever. This long-standing dogma should likely be put to rest (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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