Post-splenectomy sepsis in thalassemic patients

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Thalassemia is the commonest hemoglobinopathy in Malaysia. Patients with thalassemia major are transfusion dependent, and a large proportion of them will require splenectomy. As this particular group of patients is immunocompromized, overwhelming sepsis is a recognized complication. We report a series of three patients who all developed intra-abdominal abscesses following splenectomy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-473
Number of pages3
JournalSoutheast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health
Volume36
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2005

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Splenectomy
Sepsis
Abdominal Abscess
Hemoglobinopathies
Thalassemia
beta-Thalassemia
Malaysia

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