Cotton Fever: Does the Patient Know Best?

Yingda Xie, Bailey A. Pope, Alan Hunter

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Abstract

Fever and leukocytosis have many possible etiologies in injection drug users. We present a case of a 22-year-old woman with fever and leukocytosis that were presumed secondary to cotton fever, a rarely recognized complication of injection drug use, after an extensive workup. Cotton fever is a benign, self-limited febrile syndrome characterized by fevers, leukocytosis, myalgias, nausea and vomiting, occurring in injection drug users who filter their drug suspensions through cotton balls. While this syndrome is commonly recognized amongst the injection drug user population, there is a paucity of data in the medical literature. We review the case presentation and available literature related to cotton fever.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
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StateAccepted/In press - Jun 24 2015

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Fever
Leukocytosis
Drug Users
Injections
Myalgia
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Nausea
Vomiting
Suspensions
Population

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Cotton Fever : Does the Patient Know Best? / Xie, Yingda; Pope, Bailey A.; Hunter, Alan.

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