Guidelines for the protection of patients with an absent or dysfunctional spleen (hyposplenism).
Asplenic patients are at a greater risk of developing fulminant, life-threatening sepsis and so must be appropriately vaccinated and receive antibiotic prophylaxis. The main causative organisms are:
- Streptococus pneumoniae
- Haemophilus influenzae
- Neisseria meningitidis.
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