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Paediatr Child Health. 2014 May;19(5):271-8.

Preventing and treating infections in children with asplenia or hyposplenia.

[Article in English, French; Abstract available in French from the publisher]

Abstract

in English, French

Children with asplenia or hyposplenia are at risk of developing overwhelming sepsis. Health care providers caring for children with asplenia should ensure the best outcomes by using preventive strategies that focus on parent and patient education, immunization, antibiotic prophylaxis and aggressive management of suspected infection. The present position statement offers current guidance on each of these issues and replaces a previous CPS statement, 'Prevention and therapy of bacterial infections for children with asplenia or hyposplenia', published in 1999.

KEYWORDS:

Antibiotic prophylaxis; Immunization; Sepsis; Splenectomy

PMID:
24855431
PMCID:
PMC4029242

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