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A 22-year-old member asked:

My spleen was removed, am i more likely to get sepsis if i catch haemophilus influenza?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: It is an encapsulated bacterium, and you are at higher risk.
Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 49 years experience
Sort of.: Streptococcus pneumonaie is far and away the most common cause of sepsis after splenectomy. H. Flu occurs but most adults are immune and most children are immunized.

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Last updated Mar 31, 2013

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