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How does a splenectomy affect my red blood cells?

How does a splenectomy affect my red blood cells?

Different ways: The spleen is an organ that helps with some types of infection from encapsulated organisms, platelets, and it also removes old worn out red blood cells. You would not likely know of any side effect on your red blood cells, and your blood tests for your red blood cells are likely to be normal. ...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 part(s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

What part(s) of the body does having too many red blood cells damage?

CNs and GI systems: Excessive red cells in newborns can cause increase chance for sluggish circulation, blood clots in internal organs including brain intestines etc. Usually it is because of increased thickness of blood (viscosity). ...Read more

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What does high red blood cells mean?

What does high red blood cells mean?

A lot: Could mean dehydration, sometimes can signify a myeloproliferative disorder. Also if the hemoglobin is low and the rbcs are high, could mean there is a blood disorder called thalassemia. Either way, it should be evaluated. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What do low red blood cells signify?

What do low red blood cells signify?

Anemia: Low red blood cells (RBC), hemoglobin (Hgb), and hematocrit (Hct) all measure the amount of RBCs in your blood. Low numbers mean there are too few. This can cause fatigue or weakness depending on the level. Go over your lab tests with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does red blood cells in urin mean?

What does red blood cells in urin mean?

Not specific: Could be seen with a kidney stone, cancer, injury to the kidney tubules, and many other things. ...Read more

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What causes red blood cells to be small and abnormal?

What causes red blood cells to be small and abnormal?

Small red cells: Your bone marrow makes lots of different types of cell. The red cells go thur a number of steps before they "graduate" You can think of small cells graduating too early. They are pushed out, most often because you are anemic. ...Read more

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What are the effects of low white and red blood cells?

What are the effects of low white and red blood cells?

Many: Low white cells or leukopenia predisposes to recurrent infections usually bacterial in nature. Low red cells causes anemia and secondary reduction in oxygenation. This can cause fatigue, shortness of breath and even heart failure, . ...Read more

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Is human blood the color red because of the high number of red blood cells?

Is human blood the color red because of the high number of red blood cells?

Yes: Yes, and because red blood cells contain hemoglobin. Each hemoglobin molecule contains iron - red. ...Read more

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Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Blood Cells (Definition)

Blood cells are individual cells that are carried by blood to various organs. White blood cells fight infection. Red ...Read more