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Post-splenectomy syndrome

Alternative names

Splenectomy - post-surgery syndrome


Post-splenectomy syndrome is a group of symptoms and signs that frequently occur after surgical removal of the spleen ( splenectomy ).

These include:

  • thrombocytosis (increased platelet count , which can cause blood clots )
  • destruction of red blood cells
  • increased susceptibility to severe infections, especially with organisms such as streptococcus pneumoniae

Update Date: 6/2/2003

Scott Howard, M.D., M.S., Department of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.

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