Night Sweats


J Ayatollahi 1 , *

1 Tropical and Infectious disease dept, Faculty of medicine, Yazd University of Medical Sciences and health services, Yazd, Iran.

How to Cite: Ayatollahi J. Night Sweats, Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2004 ; 6(3):e94989.


Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 6 (3); e94989
Published Online: August 15, 2004
Article Type: Research Article
Received: June 10, 2004
Accepted: July 19, 2004


Night Sweats are a common outpatient compliant, yet literature on the subject is scarce.
Tuberculosis, brucellosis and lymphoma are diseases in which night sweats are a dominant
symptom, but these are infrequently found to be the cause of night sweats in modern
practice. While these diseases remain important diagnostic considerations in patients with
night sweats, other diagnoses to consider include human immunodeficiency virus,
gastroesophageal reflux disease, obstructive sleep apnea, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia,
and several less common diseases.
Antihypertensives, antipyretics, other medications, and drugs of abuse such as alcohol
and heroin may cause night sweats. Serious causes of night sweats can be excluded with a
thorough history, physical examination, and directed laboratory and radiographic studies.
If a history and physical do not reveal a possible diagnosis, physicians should consider
wright, a purified protein derivative, complete blood count, human immunodeficiency virus
test, thyroid – stimulating hormone test, erythrocyte sedimentation rate evaluation, chest
radiograph, and possibly chest and abdominal computed tomographic scans and bone
marrow biopsy.


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