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Fever of unknown origin in childhood: difficulties in diagnosis.
  1. K Martin,
  2. E G Davies,
  3. J S Axford
  1. Academic Rheumatology Group, St. George's Hospital Medical School, London, United Kingdom.


    We have described a child with systemic onset juvenile chronic arthritis who presented initially with fever of unknown origin. Treatment of a presumed infection led to a severe allergic response with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, renal failure and DIC. This reaction obscured the features of the underlying disease and delayed the diagnosis.

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