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World J Gastroenterol. Jan 14, 2008; 14(2): 176-179
Published online Jan 14, 2008. doi: 10.3748/wjg.14.176
Table 1 Clinical features of overwhelming postsplenectomy infection
Cryptic infection (no obvious focus)
Short, nonspecific prodrome
Massive bacteremia with encapsulated organism
Septic shock with disseminated intravascular coagulation
Marked virulence: 50% to 70% mortality
Death ensues in 24 to 48 h