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March 1981

Traumatic Asplenia in AdultsA Defined Hazard?

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington.

Arch Surg. 1981;116(3):361-363. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1981.01380150079022

• The problem of postsplenectomy sepsis in adults with traumatic asplenia was reviewed and discussed. Alternatives to splenectomy should be considered when feasible, and pneumococcal vaccination and prophylactic antibiotics are necessary when splenectomy is unavoidable.

(Arch Surg 1981;116:361-363)