Babesiosis as a cause of fever in patients undergoing a splenectomy

Gary P. Wormser, Gary Lombardo, Fredric Silverblatt, Marc Y E L Khoury, Aakanksha Prasad, Jay A. Yelon, Alina Sanda, Sadiqa Karim, Lindita Çoku, John A. Savino

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Abstract

Babesiosis is an emerging infection most commonly acquired from a tick bite. We describe three hospitalized patients with fever attributable to babesiosis after a splenectomy. Splenectomy was done because of splenic enlargement due to unsuspected babesia infection in one patient and because of splenic perforation due to babesiosis in a second patient. The third patient underwent splenectomy for trauma and acquired babesiosis postoperatively from a blood transfusion. Our cases demonstrate the need to be vigilant for babesiosis in patients undergoing splenectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-347
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Surgeon
Volume77
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Babesiosis
Splenectomy
Fever
Tick Bites
Babesia
Infection
Blood Transfusion
Wounds and Injuries

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Wormser, G. P., Lombardo, G., Silverblatt, F., Khoury, M. Y. E. L., Prasad, A., Yelon, J. A., ... Savino, J. A. (2011). Babesiosis as a cause of fever in patients undergoing a splenectomy. American Surgeon, 77(3), 345-347.

Babesiosis as a cause of fever in patients undergoing a splenectomy. / Wormser, Gary P.; Lombardo, Gary; Silverblatt, Fredric; Khoury, Marc Y E L; Prasad, Aakanksha; Yelon, Jay A.; Sanda, Alina; Karim, Sadiqa; Çoku, Lindita; Savino, John A.

In: American Surgeon, Vol. 77, No. 3, 03.2011, p. 345-347.

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Wormser, GP, Lombardo, G, Silverblatt, F, Khoury, MYEL, Prasad, A, Yelon, JA, Sanda, A, Karim, S, Çoku, L & Savino, JA 2011, 'Babesiosis as a cause of fever in patients undergoing a splenectomy', American Surgeon, vol. 77, no. 3, pp. 345-347.
Wormser GP, Lombardo G, Silverblatt F, Khoury MYEL, Prasad A, Yelon JA et al. Babesiosis as a cause of fever in patients undergoing a splenectomy. American Surgeon. 2011 Mar;77(3):345-347.
Wormser, Gary P. ; Lombardo, Gary ; Silverblatt, Fredric ; Khoury, Marc Y E L ; Prasad, Aakanksha ; Yelon, Jay A. ; Sanda, Alina ; Karim, Sadiqa ; Çoku, Lindita ; Savino, John A. / Babesiosis as a cause of fever in patients undergoing a splenectomy. In: American Surgeon. 2011 ; Vol. 77, No. 3. pp. 345-347.
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