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Why is my spleen growing back after splenectomy?

Accessory spleen: About 10 percent of people have an accessory spleen. In some cases, this can also be due to part of the original spleen taking hold and growing as an autotransplant, also called splenosis. These accessory spleens can be functional, and depending on the reason for the original splenectomy, this may be of clinical significance or not. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Krook
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Splenectomy (Definition)

Spleen removal (splenectomy) is surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen. This organ is in the upper part of your belly, on the left side. It helps your body fight germs and infections. It also ...Read more


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What are some of the complications of chemotherapy after splenectomy?

What are some of the complications of chemotherapy after splenectomy?

OPSS, aka...: ...Overwhelming post-splenectomy sepsis. The spleen is a filter that removes old blood cells and certain (encapsulated) bacteria from the bloodstream. Therefore, people without a spleen are prone to certain infections (although there are vaccines for these). Chemotherapy inherently weakens the immune system's response to infection. Therefore, the 2 combined may increase infection risk. ...Read more

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Which vaccinations will I need after splenectomy?

Which vaccinations will I need after splenectomy?

Three main and flu: Three main vaccines apply significantly for people with surgical or functional (sickle cell, etc) asplenia. Haemophilus, pneuomoccus and menigococcal vaccines. Each should be given 14 days before splenectomy if possible, and if not at least 14 after surgery. You should also get the flu shot yearly as well. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what food must be prevented after splenectomy?

Can anyone tell me what food must be prevented after splenectomy?

You're okay: I'm sorry you needed to have your spleen removed. Whether for tumor staging, treatment of injury, or some other cause, you can eat what seems right to you. Sensible people avoid the very greasy, very sugary, and very salty stuff but this is about general health. I'm glad you're asking for good health advice, and hope you'll always stay proactive. ...Read more

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What kind of shots are you supposed to get after a splenectomy?

What kind of shots are you supposed to get after a splenectomy?

3 shots: You should get shots for meningococcus, hemophilus, and Pneumococcus bacterias. They all posses a capsule that normally the spleen will take care of. ...Read more

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How long after a splenectomy would it be safe to go to a concert?

How long after a splenectomy would it be safe to go to a concert?

It's not the music..: ..It's the crowd that I am more concerned about. I would consider attending a concert about equivalent to driving--when your surgeon has given you clearance to drive, you are probably "good to go"--of course, you could ask him/her about concerts, as well, at that time. If the operation was done laparoscopically, a week may be adequate; if "open", two weeks may be more realistic. ...Read more

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After a splenectomy, will I need to take any special medications?

After a splenectomy, will I need to take any special medications?

Yes: You will need to be immunized against encapsulated bacteria. The three vaccines you should get are against strep pneumonia (pneumovax), hemophilus influenza (not the flu vaccine), and neisseria meningitidis. If your spleen was taken out electively, you should have gotten the vaccines before surgery. You should get these at least every five years. ...Read more

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Is it common to have an abscess after a splenectomy?

Is it common to have an abscess after a splenectomy?

Splenectomy complic.: Postop complications following splenectomy can occur. Most common complications include wound infections. Abscesses may form in the site of the splenectomy. Injury to the tail of the pancreas may also occur resulting in pancreatitis or pancreatic fistula. Postoperative abscess is much less common following laparoscopic splenectomy than an open procedure. ...Read more

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Can the spleen regenerate after partial splenectomy?

Heals: Not much regeneration occurs. The function of the remaining part is likely quite adequate. With full splenectomy, followup,is important. ...Read more

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After a splenectomy does another organ take over from the spleen?

After a splenectomy does another organ take over from the spleen?

No: There is no organ that can replace all of the functions of the spleen. Most importantly, after splenectomy, there is a risk for post-splenectomy sepsis (overwhelming infection). ...Read more

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