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My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch streptococcus pneumonia?

My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch streptococcus pneumonia?

Yes: The spleen has a special role in protecting the body from pneumococcal infection, particularly in younger patients. These patients may take daily antibiotics to [prevent this problem. Check with your doctor for the right therapy. ...Read more

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Streptococcus (Definition)

Is a group of bacteria that grown in long chains of cocci (round cells). They are classified in part by whether they hemolyze sheep red blood cells completely, partial or not at all. The beta (complete) hemolysis ones are further classified by their capsules and the prototype is group a streptococci, that cause strep throat and rheumatic fever. The Alpha (partial) ...Read more


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How do I treat joint pain following streptococcus pneumonia in the bloodstream?

How do I treat joint pain following streptococcus pneumonia in the bloodstream?

If you have an...: Infected joint which causes joint redness, swelling and pain it must be treated promptly with drainage and antimicrobials. ...Read more

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My 15 yr had a bad case of mono 3 mos. Ago. So sick ever since with severe head pressure test revealed low immunity streptococcus pneumonia ?!

My 15 yr had a bad case of mono 3 mos. Ago. So sick ever since with severe head pressure  test revealed low immunity streptococcus pneumonia ?!

Low immunity: I think you meant that she had lower antibody levels to streptococcus pneumonia on blood test. If it is the case, she will need a booster shot with pneumococcus vaccine. It is hard to say her symptoms would improve though with this. ...Read more

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4 year old girl with streptococcus pneumonia with septic shock. What is the survival chance ? Blood transfusions , glucose levels high 300s, low potas

4 year old girl with streptococcus pneumonia with septic shock. What is the survival chance ? Blood transfusions , glucose levels high 300s, low potas

Pneumococ. pneumonia: I am so sorry to hear about your daughter's critical illness. The mortality rate in septic shock is very high but let me give you some pointers about the condition. My search (chest. 2004;126(1) tells me that septic shock occurring within 24 hrs of admission is worse but has 63% chance of recovery compared to 88% if onset was after 24 hrs. We need lots of prayers and hope for her recovery. ...Read more

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What are the micro-organisms other than streptococcus pneumonae which cause lung infections?

What are the micro-organisms other than streptococcus pneumonae which cause lung infections?

Many: Common ones include legionella, mycoplasma, chlamydia species (not the types which cause sexually transmitted infections). Many viruses can also cause lung infections. The list goes on. ...Read more

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I am having my spleen removed with a cyst. Dr says he is trying lapro but i will have a 4 inch incisions to pull it out. How long will my recovery ?

I am having my spleen removed with a cyst. Dr says he is trying lapro but i will have a 4 inch incisions to pull it out. How long will my recovery ?

Splenectomy: You really should discuss this with the surgeon....Make sure you are not the first patient he/she will be doing the procedure on. Additionally, laproscopic procedures tend to have faster recovery times, but once again, you must discuss this with the surgeon. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what it's like to have your spleen removed and what life is like w/o it?

Can anyone tell me what it's like to have your spleen removed and what life is like w/o it?

Amazingly: Very little difference. In rare cases, you can get septicemia from certain encapsulated organism. It is serious when it happens, but it is rare. You should get pneumococcal vaccination prior to any elective spleen surgery. And ask your surgeon if he can save at least some of the spleen if it is being done for a benign tumor. ...Read more

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How can I stop drowning? I had my spleen removed 5 years ago.

How can I stop drowning? I had my spleen removed 5 years ago.

Not related: There is an increased risk of serious infections in patients without a spleen, so you should be vaccinated. Drowning is obviously related to water, so staying out of the water and/or learning to swim are first steps to avoid drowning. ...Read more

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I had my spleen removed 4 months ago nd just 2 weeks ago i started having excruciating pain where my spleen was nd it's NT stpping, what's wrong.?

I had my spleen removed 4 months ago nd just 2 weeks ago i started having excruciating pain where my spleen was nd it's NT stpping, what's wrong.?

Seen surgeon?: I hope you've already been reevaluated by your surgeon. If not, that's the first step. If already checked out and no cause found, consider neuralgia from a nerve injured by surgery. Also consider kidney stone or a lung problem. ...Read more

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Can I still play sports if I have had my spleen removed?

Can I still play sports if I have had my spleen removed?

Yes, get vaccination: If any thing it is safer after removal of spleen. Consult your doctor to make sure you get appropriate vaccinations as a person wihtout a spleen is more susceptible to some infections, such as pneumococcoi. ...Read more

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I got spleen removed due to sports injury, can I still consume alcohol?

I got spleen removed due to sports injury, can I still consume alcohol?

Splenectomy: should not affect alcohol metabolism. It does, however, affect your ability to fight certain infections and cause elevated platelet counts. So you should consult your doctor about prevention against diseases that your splenectomy can predispose you to. ...Read more

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Splenectomy (Definition)

Spleen removal (splenectomy) is surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen. This organ is in the upper part of your belly, on the left side. It helps your body fight germs and infections. It also ...Read more


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