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April 29, 1961

Premenstrual Fever

JAMA. 1961;176(4):391. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040170137034

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To the Editor:—  The answer to the question about premenstrual fever in The Journal, Oct. 29, 1960, page 1221, is incomplete. Premenstrual "fever" occurs in some women beginning at ovulation and ending at the beginning of the flow. It rarely rises to 105° F. (40.6° C.), but unusual instances no doubt happen. The menstrual period may be preceded or accompanied by edema, purpura, neutropenia, and other reactions as well. It is doubtful that antimicrobics influenced the fever as stated in the query.

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