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removal of spleen

Nov 19, 2005

my brother needs to have his enlarged spleen removed and he is in a semi advanced stage of AIDS. Are there any research that show the life expectancy or treatment after removing the spleen?

Response from Dr. Young

Thanks for your post.

I'm not aware of any data that would suggest that persons infected with HIV fare any better or worse following splenectomy-- save for the slightly increased risk of certain types of bacterial infections (pneumococcus, meningococcus, salmonella, for example). It is for this reason that whenever possible, prior to splenectomy, the patient should be vaccinated for Pneumococcus (aka "pneumonia vaccine) and Meningococcus (aka "meningitis vaccine").

Best of luck to your brother, BY

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