Fever During Treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

Anna Meadows, MD
Last Modified: November 1, 2001

Question:

Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts,"
During the past two months my 5 years old grandson has undergone treatment for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Throughout this treatment his temperature has remained excessively high. On several occasions it reached 105.98 F (41.1C) and has regularly maintained 102.2 to 104.0 F (39.0 to 40.0 C). During the past week his Neutrophils have risen from 0.07 to 0.97+ACo- this has been accompanied by a reduction in temperature which now seems to be controlled naturally.

My queries are:

Is such a temperature in the circumstances expected?

Some relationship between temperature and neutraphils appears to exist; would this be a reasonable conclusion?
Sincere thanks for the time and trouble you may spend dealing with my questions.
TW

Answer:

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