What is a possible serious complication of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in patients with impaired splenic function?

Updated: Oct 31, 2019
  • Author: Stephanie L Baer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Patients with CAP who have impaired splenic function may develop overwhelming pneumococcal sepsis, potentially leading to death within 12-24 hours, regardless of the antimicrobial regimen used.

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