GRANT STIVER, M.D.; ROBERT SHARRAR, M.D.; MICHAEL KENDRICK, M.D.; THEODORE EICKHOFF, M.D.
To the editor: There is an increasing trend toward laparotomy and splenectomy in the staging of Hodgkin's disease (1). Serious infections have been associated with asplenia (2, 3) but apparently not in patients with lymphoma (4). With this in mind we report the following case.
A 41-year-old white man was admitted to the Denver Veterans Administration Hospital with shaking chills, fever, lethargy, and leg pain. Three days before he had developed symptoms of gastroenteritis and an upper respiratory infection. Hodgkin's disease had been diagnosed by cervical node biopsy 16 months earlier. The disease was classified IA by staging procedures that
STIVER G, SHARRAR R, KENDRICK M, EICKHOFF T. Bacterial Risk in Staging Splenectomy. Ann Intern Med. ;76:670. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-76-4-670_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;76(4):670.
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