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Question: Postsplenectomy sepsis is caused by what organisms?


Splenectomy predisposes patients to sepsis by encapsulated organisms, including:

  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • Escherichia coli
  • Occasional cases due to S. aureus and Capnocytophaga canimorsus (DF-2) have been described.

Reference: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R (eds): Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 5th ed. New York, Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

One Response to “Question: Postsplenectomy sepsis is caused by what organisms?”

  1. Wel Says:

    How about viral infection?

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