What are the possible complications of splenectomy for treatment of Hodgkin lymphoma (Hodgkin disease)?

Updated: Sep 12, 2018
  • Author: Bradley W Lash, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Although not commonly performed, patients who have undergone splenectomy are predisposed to bacterial sepsis secondary to encapsulated microorganisms (especially Streptococcus pneumoniae). Empiric antibiotic therapy should be instituted promptly in patients who have undergone splenectomy and present with fever.

Influenza vaccination annually may help to reduce the incidence and/or complications of influenza in patients who have received bleomycin or chest radiation therapy.

Herpes zoster usually appears in previously irradiated dermatomes, but this condition may also occur in patients who have not been irradiated.


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