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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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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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To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more