RICHARD K. DESSER, M.D.; JOHN E. ULTMANN, M.D., F.A.C.P.
In many treatment centers in the United States and abroad, case evaluation in Hodgkin's disease or lymphoma has come to include diagnostic laparotomy and splenectomy. Introduction of this method has generated a lively controversy, some of which has appeared in previous issues of this journal (1-3). Further controversy is certain to be raised by the reports in this issue by Ravry and associates and Nixon and Aisenberg, who suggest that splenectomy as part of the diagnostic laparotomy may pose a special long-term risk for severe infections1. Consequently, assessment of this risk, relative to the advantages of diagnostic splenectomy in Hodgkin's
DESSER RK, ULTMANN JE. Risk of Severe Infection in Patients with Hodgkin's Disease or Lymphoma After Diagnostic Laparotomy and Splenectomy. Ann Intern Med. 1972;77:143–146. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-1-143
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(1):143-146.
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