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Asplenia - Symptoms

Asplenia - Causes and Risk Factors

​What are the risks of asplenia?

The spleen makes up a part of the immune system in our body.

Without a spleen, your child (especially if below 2 years of age) may have an increased risk of developing some serious infections. One of the complications is called overwhelming post-splenectomy infection (OPSI). Even though the risk is small and OPSI is uncommon, it can be very serious, rapidly progressive and even life-threatening if it occurs.

Without a spleen, your child is at risk for severe infections, primarily from bacteria such as pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae), Haemophilus influenzae Type B, and meningococcus (Neisseria meningitidis).

Asplenia - Diagnosis

Asplenia - Treatments

Asplenia - Preparing for surgery

Asplenia - Post-surgery care

Asplenia - Other Information

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