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why splenectomy

Jrhmdtraum at aol.com Jrhmdtraum at aol.com
Wed Dec 1 13:01:25 GMT 2010

Both done in early 80's when splenectomy still procedure of choice.   One 
MVA, one pedestrian.
John R. Hall, M.D., FCCM, FACS
Professor of Surgery  

Both from trauma.

18 yo boy, one year post splenectomy  trauma, (Shots immediate post op)  
seen in Ortho clinic and fine.   Four days later went to ER local hosp - flu 
symptoms.   Transferred to  us four hours later septic, died six hours later 
despite massive PCN.   Blood without spinning, many gm + cocci.  

13 yo two years post  splenectomy (? Shots) came in septic and died twelve 
hours later.  Same  bugs. 

> Why did they have their splenectomy?
>  Norman
> Professor, Tulane University, Surgery
> Trauma  Director, Spirit of Charity Trauma Center, ILH/MCLNO
> New Orleans,  Louisiana
> 504 988 5111

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