The asplenic patient: A consideration for antimicrobial prophylaxis

G. T. Terezhalmy, E. H. Hall

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Removal of the spleen predisposes the patient to the development of overwhelming sepsis without a primary site of infection. Transient, usually asymptomatic, bacteremias occur in a wide variety of dental manipulations, particularly those involving the mucous membranes. Occasionally these bacteremias can give rise to serious complications in susceptible patients. A prophylactic preoperative and postoperative antimicrobial regimen is presented for asplenic patients undergoing bacteremia-causing dental treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-117
Number of pages4
JournalOral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Dentistry(all)


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