Fatal Haemophilus influenzae septicemia following bronchoscopy in a splenectomized patient.

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Gillis S, Dann EJ, Berkman N, Koganox Y, Kramer MR. Fatal Haemophilus influenzae septicemia following bronchoscopy in a splenectomized patient. Chest. 1993;104(5):1607-9.
We describe a 46-year-old splenectomized patient who died of Haemophilus influenzae septicemia 16 h following bronchoscopy. Although rare, postsplenectomy overwhelming sepsis is always a danger in splenectomized patients undergoing invasive procedures. Chemoprophylaxis should be considered in asplenic patients peribronchoscopy.