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Fatal Hemophilus influenzae Sepsis in an Asymptomatic Splenectomized Hodgkin's Disease Patient

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Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(1):69-71. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-77-1-69
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Overwhelming, rapidly fatal Hemophilus influenzae sepsis occurred in a young splenectomized Hodgkin's disease patient who was off therapy and free of disease. Absence of the spleen is believed to have contributed to this fulminant illness. The benefits of splenectomy for Hodgkin's disease staging in younger people should be balanced against the risk of later infection.





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