Infection by which organism is seen after surgical removal of the organ shown in the image by ‘A’?
A. Staphylococcus aureus
B. E. coli
C. Hemophilus influenzae
D. Klebsiella pneumoniae
Ans:C. Hemophilus influenzae
Spleen is shown in the image marked by ‘A’
- An overwhelming post-splenectomy infection (OPSI) is a rare but rapidly fatal infection occurring in individuals following removal of the spleen.
- The infections are typically characterized by either meningitis or sepsis, and are caused by encapsulated organisms: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Salmonella typhi, Neisseria meningitidis, E. coli, Hemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus agalactiae, Klebsiella pneumoniae).
- Vaccination for pneumococcus, H. influenza and meningococcus should be given pre-operatively if possible to minimize the chance of overwhelming post-splenectomy infection