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Are there any long-term effects of having a splenectomy?

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Dr. Jon Krook
Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

You will be at an increased risk of infection by encapsulated bacteria.
These are strep pneumonia, hemophilus influenza, and neisseria meningitidis. There is a small lifetime risk of post-splenectomy sepsis which can be deadly. It is important to be vaccinated against the above organisms and maintain those vaccines through your lifetime.

In brief: Yes

You will be at an increased risk of infection by encapsulated bacteria.
These are strep pneumonia, hemophilus influenza, and neisseria meningitidis. There is a small lifetime risk of post-splenectomy sepsis which can be deadly. It is important to be vaccinated against the above organisms and maintain those vaccines through your lifetime.
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Dr. David Fertel
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: There can be

You need to be vaxcinated against encapsulated organisms.

In brief: There can be

You need to be vaxcinated against encapsulated organisms.
Dr. David Fertel
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