Invasive meningococcal infection after splenectomy

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6931.792c (Published 19 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:792
  1. R J Condon,
  2. T V Riley,
  3. H Kelly
  1. Western Australian Research Institute for Child Health, Subiaco
  2. Western Australia 6008 Health Department of Western Australia, East Perth
  3. Western Australia 6004 Health Department of Western Australia, Albany, Western Australia 6330.

    EDITOR, - Various articles have emphasised the lifelong risk of overwhelming sepsis after splenectomy,1 and the importance of immunising asplenic patients with polyvalent pneumococcal vaccine.2,3 Mary McMullin and George Johnston point out that, while Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common infecting organism, Haemophilus influenzae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Escherichia coli are also important potential pathogens after splenectomy.1 We report two recent deaths from fulminant meningococcal septicaemia in people in Western Australia who had undergone …

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