2 doctors weighed in:

I have had a splenectomy. Am i more vulnerable to get hepatitis from a coworker at a restaurant? I was diagnosed with itp 3 years ago. She says she has the "noncontagious" form of hep.

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Cohen
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: No

Splenectomy increases your risk to get certain gram positive bacterial infections, not viruses.

In brief: No

Splenectomy increases your risk to get certain gram positive bacterial infections, not viruses.
Dr. Barry Cohen
Dr. Barry Cohen
Thank
Dr. Robert Andrews
Radiology - Interventional

In brief: Splenectomy

Splenectomy does increase the risk of certain types of bacterial infections--those caused by what are called "encapsulated organisms.
" you should be getting a regular Pneumovax injection to compensate for that. There are numerous causes of hepatitis, some of which are contagious (hepatitis a, b, and c, for example), and some of which are not (like steatohepatitis). Your risk of getting any of these should be no higher than the general population.

In brief: Splenectomy

Splenectomy does increase the risk of certain types of bacterial infections--those caused by what are called "encapsulated organisms.
" you should be getting a regular Pneumovax injection to compensate for that. There are numerous causes of hepatitis, some of which are contagious (hepatitis a, b, and c, for example), and some of which are not (like steatohepatitis). Your risk of getting any of these should be no higher than the general population.
Dr. Robert Andrews
Dr. Robert Andrews
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Levy
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
34 years in practice
1M people helped
Continue
111,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors