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Is splenectomy save for patients with hepatitis b or c?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 39 years experience
Avoid splenectomy: Splenectomy should be done very cautiously in patients where it is enlarged (splenomegaly) due to liver disease caused by cirrhosis of the liver (such as from hepatitis b or c). Other procedures to decompress the veins between the liver and spleen should be considered, such as a splenorenal shunt or tips. Rarely, there will be true splenic pathology which warrants splenectomy. See a specialist.

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