Post-splenectomy syndrome

Alternative names
Splenectomy - post-surgery syndrome

Definition

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

 

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 3, 2012
by Gevorg A. Poghosian, Ph.D.

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