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

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

And you are more likely to get strep pneumonia as well.
Getting vaccinated against strep pneumonia after splenectomy is less effective, but may be beneficial.

In brief: Yes

And you are more likely to get strep pneumonia as well.
Getting vaccinated against strep pneumonia after splenectomy is less effective, but may be beneficial.
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Martin Raff
Patients without a spleen are significantly more susceptible to severe bacterial infections with organisms which have a capsule around them. This includes the pneumococcus and meningococcus and others because the antibodies produced which fight this capsule and allow white blood cells to eat the bacteria are diminished in the absence of the spleen.
Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

But it would be helpful if you were to get the pneumococcal vaccine.
Am surprised that you were not given this before the surgery if it was elective or after the surgery if it was done in an emergency. Should you ever become ill with a fever seek medical assistance immediately and tell them that you have had your spleen removed. Pneumococcal sepsis can kill quickly.

In brief: Yes

But it would be helpful if you were to get the pneumococcal vaccine.
Am surprised that you were not given this before the surgery if it was elective or after the surgery if it was done in an emergency. Should you ever become ill with a fever seek medical assistance immediately and tell them that you have had your spleen removed. Pneumococcal sepsis can kill quickly.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
This is extremely good advice that may be life-saving
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine

In brief: Your are prone to

Splenectomy by surgery or autosplenectomy like in sickle cell disease predisposes patient to encapsulated organism like pneumococcus.
Pneumovax may be indicated.

In brief: Your are prone to

Splenectomy by surgery or autosplenectomy like in sickle cell disease predisposes patient to encapsulated organism like pneumococcus.
Pneumovax may be indicated.
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