Canterbury DHB


Prevention of Infection Pre-splenectomy and in Splenic Atrophy

Management and Recommendations

See advice on Community HealthPathways.

Patients proceeding to a splenectomy should receive:

Note: At 2 years post-splenectomy, patients may prefer to stop daily penicillin or and as an alternative may carry 3 g amoxicillin.

The above recommendations are taken from the Australasian Society of Infectious Disease Guidelines (Int Med Journal 2008; 38 (5):349-356).

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Last Reviewed:

May 2021

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May 2023


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Topic Code: 5075