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Preventing severe infection after splenectomy: Risk of malaria and meningitis increases with asplenia

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:576
  1. Harald M Lipman, medical adviser, travel health clinic (
  1. Number One Health Group, London W1G 9QD

    EDITOR—The editorial by Newland et al on preventing severe infection after splenectomy deals with the risks of malarial infection and meningitis in asplenic travellers rather cursorily.1

    Asplenia, from whatever cause, is not uncommon. Worldwide travel …

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