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During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Shivering. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.
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Why: to determine if acute or chronic.
Why: Shivering refers to the shaking of the skin usually related to cold, the perception of cold or a fever. Other types of body motion that are not really "shivering" include tremor, trembling, twitches, spasms and seizures.
Why: may help when considering the cause of a low body temperature and consequent shivering. Shivering is usually related to the cold, or the perception of cold.
Why: may help determine the cause of the shivering e.g. intermittent fever of malaria, Epstein-Barr virus and ascending cholangitis; continuous fever is common with viral infections such as influenza; remittent fever where temperature returns towards normal for a variable period but is always elevated may occur with pelvic abscess, wound infection and cancer; undulant fever where bouts of fever for several days are followed by several days of normal temperature occur with brucellosis infection and lymphomas.
Why: Overseas travelers or visitors may have special or even exotic infections.
Why: e.g. AIDS, Rheumatic fever, pneumonia, immunodeficiency, cancer.
Why: may suggest post-operative complication e.g. wound infection, aspiration pneumonia, lung collapse, urinary catheter related urinary tract infection, intra-abdominal abscess.
Why: drugs can cause fever, presumably due to hypersensitivity e.g. allopurinol, antihistamines, barbiturates, cephalosporins, cimetidine, methyl dopa, penicillins, isoniazid, phenytoin, procainamide, salicylates, sulphonamides; some drugs can suppress the immune system and increase risk of infections e.g. cancer chemotherapy agents.
Why: may help to determine risk of HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease e.g. AIDS patients pose a special risk for infections including opportunistic infections.
Why: would suggest pyelonephritis, abscess around the kidney or abscess in the prostate.
Why: may suggest pneumonia, lung abscess, bronchiectasis or tuberculosis.
Why: may suggest osteomyelitis.
Why: can help determine focus of infection.
Why: e.g. vaginal, penile, anal, tooth, ear, nasal.
Why: may help determine cause of shivering.
Why: e.g. mild hypothermia (32-35 degrees Celsius) causes shivering and initially a feeling of intense cold. As the core temperature falls, severe hypothermia (below 32 degrees Celsius) initially causes impairment of judgement (including awareness of cold) and later leads to altered consciousness and coma.
The following list of conditions have 'Shivering' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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