Splenic Dysfunction From Celiac Disease Resulting in Severe Babesiosis
We describe a 79-year-old Irish man who, because he had hyposplenism and splenic atrophy due to adult celiac disease, became critically ill from a severe Babesia divergens infection. Greater awareness of the possible consequences of splenic dysfunction from adult celiac disease, such as serious pneumococcal infections and babesiosis, is warranted.
O'Connell, S., Lyons, C., Abdou, M., Patowary, R., Aslam, S., Kinsella, N., Zintl, A., Hunfeld, K., Wormser, G., Gray, J., Merry, C., & Alizadeh, H. (2017). Splenic Dysfunction From Celiac Disease Resulting in Severe Babesiosis. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, 8 (4), 537-539. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ttbdis.2017.02.016