Splenectomy and Sudden Death

    Volume 22, Issue 3 (July 1977)

    ISSN: 0022-1198


    Published Online: 1 July 1977

    Page Count: 4

    Jindrich, EJ
    Coroner, Marin County, San Rafael, Calif.

    (Received 8 December 1976; accepted 20 January 1977)


    Splenectomy has become a relatively common surgical procedure, most frequently performed subsequent to traumatic rupture, incidentally in the course of other surgical procedures, or in the staging or therapy of lymphomas. Occasionally it is a therapeutic modality in a hematologic disorder. Although initially considered to be associated with few serious sequelae, the recent medical literature contains numerous reports of fulminant death from bacteremia (usually Streptococcus pneumoniae) in splenectomized or hyposplenic patients. The following case reports exemplify some aspects of this clinical syndrome.

    Paper ID: JFS10635J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS10635J

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    Title Splenectomy and Sudden Death
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee E30