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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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
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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