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Severe pneumococcal disease and temporary splenic dysfunction.
  1. M. D. Pelly,
  2. Z. Huo,
  3. D. C. Henderson,
  4. N. Soni
  1. Chelsea and Westminater Hospital, London, UK.


    We report a patient presenting with pneumonia in whom temporary splenic dysfunction was diagnosed by counting pitted red blood cells. This under-recognised condition caused a transient immunosuppression which may have had serious implications for our patient's recovery.

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