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Oral Antibiotics for Low-Risk Chemotherapy Patients

KEY POINT

Hospitalized neutropenic patients at low risk for complications can be effectively treated during febrile episodes with oral agents, avoiding the expense of intravenous therapy.

SOURCES

Freifeld A et al. A double-blind comparison of empirical oral and intravenous antibiotic therapy for low-risk febrile patients with neutropenia during cancer chemotherapy. N Engl J Med. 1999;341:305–11.