Patients expect splenectomy in rural Zaire

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7042.1360a (Published 25 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1360
  1. Justin Burdon
  1. Centre Medical Evangelique, Nyankunde, Zaire c/o PO Box 21285, Nairobi, Kenya

    EDITOR,—The working party of the British Committee for Standards in Haematology's Clinical Task Force has produced comprehensive guidelines on preventing and treating infection in patients with an absent or dysfunctional spleen.1 Massive splenomegaly is common in north east Zaire, mainly owing to the occurrence of the tropical splenomegaly syndrome in a region holoendemic for falciparum malaria. …

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