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Measures to Prevent Serious Infection in the Asplenic Patient

Specialty:

Infectious Diseases
Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology

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Description:

Reduced or absent splenic function reduces host defenses, increasing a person's risk for serious infection. Infection may be caused by a variety of pathogens, especially encapsulated bacteria and blood borne protozoal infections. Once established, infections may rapidly progress, resulting in an Overwhelming Postsplenectomy Infection (OPSI). Preventive measures and prompt therapy can reduce morbidity and mortality in these patients.

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