Dental considerations in asplenic patients

Scott S. De Rossi, Michael Glick

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The spleen plays an important role in the body's defense mechanism against microbial infections. However, trauma or diseases sometimes make removal of this important organ necessary, which predisposes patients to certain infections. This increased risk of infection and the underlying reason for the organ's removal both may affect the provision of dental care. This article reviews the structure and function of the spleen, conditions that may require its removal or cause its dysfunction, and provides considerations for dentists who care for asplenic patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1359-1363
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Dental Association
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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