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PUO


Liz Kitcher
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Hi

In my great grandfather's scant service details from his regiment, it seems he was taken back to base for a short time with PUO (pyrexia of unknown origin). Does PUO just refer to any unknown fever or illness or is it more specific?

Thanks

Liz

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Hi Liz, my understanding is that it relates specifically to a fever without a possible cause, although I'm sure that forum members with a medical backgound/knowledge may be able to give you a better answer

cheers, Jon

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Great thanks for all your help chaps. It seems its one of those catch all terms that doctors aren't allowed to use these days really. Possibly a lice infection, or possibly one of hundreds of things really.

Thanks again

Liz

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Liz.

Just to muddy the waters a little, my Grandfather was classed as P.U.O as a prisoner of war from March - November 1918.

P.U.O in his case was Prisoner Under Observation as he was quite ill at times in captivity.

Not sure if this helps or not.

Regards.

Scott.

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