empirical treatment

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empirical treatment

Treatment given without knowledge of the cause or nature of the disorder and based on experience rather than logic. Sometimes urgency dictates empirical treatment, as when a dangerous infection by an unknown organism is treated with a broad-spectrum antibiotic while the results of bacterial culture and other tests are awaited.

Empirical treatment

Medical treatment that is given on the basis of the doctor's observations and experience.


management and care of a patient or the combating of disease or disorder.

active treatment
treatment directed immediately to the cure of the disease or injury.
causal treatment
treatment directed against the cause of a disease.
conservative treatment
treatment designed to avoid radical medical therapeutic measures or operative procedures.
empirical treatment
treatment by means that experience has proved to be beneficial.
expectant treatment
treatment directed toward relief of untoward clinical signs, leaving the cure of the disease to natural forces.
palliative treatment
treatment that is designed to relieve pain and distress, but does not attempt a cure.
preventive treatment, prophylactic treatment
that in which the aim is to prevent the occurrence of the disease.
rational treatment
that based upon knowledge of disease and the action of the remedies given.
specific treatment
treatment particularly adapted to the special disease being treated.
supporting treatment
that which is mainly directed to sustaining the strength of the patient.
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Prompt recognition and early empirical treatment are key elements of successful treatment.
Alternative empirical treatment was given to patients who showed no response to the initial empirical antibiotic treatment and in patients in whom the pathogen could not be isolated.
Management strategy for patients with gastreesophageal reflux disease: a comparison between empirical treatment with esomeprazole and endoscopy-oriented treatment.
The data presented at ICAAC indicate the potential of ceftobiprole as a novel agent for empirical treatment of infections where MRSA is suspected.
Empirical treatment is an accepted strategy for management of HIV-related pneumonia, but it is usually recommended for countries that have knowledge of the prevalent organisms in their population.
Empirical treatment in suspected cases, particularly where MRSA is endemic, is necessary regardless of the presence of clinical risk factors, and should include antibiotics active against the locally circulating strains, they said.
rare and refractory infections and empirical treatment.
This is acceptable, since they are more interested in exploring the domain than in providing a theoretical or empirical treatment.
The study of microbial pattern and their antibiotic sensitivity determines the prevalent bacterial organisms causing CSOM in the community/local area to start empirical treatment of otitis media and its complications for successful outcome, and thus to prevent the emergence of resistant strains.
Empirical treatment for aspergillosis was initiated with amphotericin B nebulization for 15 minutes every 12 hours and itraconazole (5 mg/ kg PO via gavage ql2h).
Early empirical treatment for possible but not yet definitive disseminated TB increases the likelihood of survival and should never be withheld while test results are pending.

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