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We compared axillary, rectal and tympanic temperatures in children admitted with severe malaria. The axillary temperatures were 0.74 degrees C (95% limits of agreement -0.85 to 2.33 degrees C) less than rectal temperatures and tympanic temperatures 0.42 degrees C (95% limits of agreement -0.16 to 2.44 degrees C) less than rectal temperatures. The difference was greater on admission than 24 hours later. These differences may be important in defining criteria for clinical syndromes.

Original publication

DOI

10.1093/tropej/fmh106

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Trop Pediatr

Publication Date

08/2005

Volume

51

Pages

242 - 244

Keywords

Axilla, Body Temperature, Child, Preschool, Ear, Middle, Humans, Malaria, Medical Records, Rectum, Retrospective Studies