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What is hectic temperature ?

In hectic fever there is a big swing in the body temperature and the temperature rises with chill and rigor, then it persists for few hours and suddenly falls with profuse sweating.

Common causes of hectic fever are :

1.Pent-up pus anywhere in the body
  •  Lung abscess
  •  Liver abscess
  •  Empyema thoracis
  •  Empyema of gall bladder
  •  Subdiaphragmatic abscess
2.Septicaemia or pyaemia.

3.Rarely in advanced tuberculosis