saddle back curve

saddle back curve

A descriptor for the febrile curve of trench fever, where 3-5 days of high temperature are followed by 3-5 days of low temperatures, occurring in up to 8 waves before resolution; a similar fever curve may also occur in bartonellosis, chinkungunya, Colorado tick fever. Cf Camelback curve, Pulse-temperature dissociation.
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