Outcome of splenectomy in children younger than 4 years with sickle cell disease.

@article{Lesher2009OutcomeOS,
  title={Outcome of splenectomy in children younger than 4 years with sickle cell disease.},
  author={Aaron P Lesher and Ram V. Kalpatthi and Joshua B. Glenn and Sherron M. Jackson and Andre V Hebra},
  journal={Journal of pediatric surgery},
  year={2009},
  volume={44 6},
  pages={
          1134-8; discussion 1138
        }
}
PURPOSE Removal of the spleen in patients younger than 4 years has been reported to carry an increased risk of postsplenectomy sepsis and has not been universally accepted. We reviewed our experience with splenectomy in children with acute splenic sequestration crisis (ASSC) younger than 4 years. METHODS The study involved retrospective review of demographic and operative data, number of ASSC, operative complications, infections, and death. RESULTS From 1993 to 2008, 53 patients (28 males… CONTINUE READING
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