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BMJ. 1996 Feb 17;312(7028):430-4.

Guidelines for the prevention and treatment of infection in patients with an absent or dysfunctional spleen.

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  • British Committee for Standards in Haematology, 2 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AF, England.


Overwhelming postsplenectomy infection should be preventable if simple precautions are taken. An ad hoc working party of the British Committee for Standards in Haematology has reviewed recommendations for patients without a spleen and drawn up a consensus. Members of the working party were selected for their personal expertise and to represent relevant professional bodies. The guidelines, which are set out below, include and extend the chief medical officer's 1994 update.

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