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My spleen has been removed. Then what is the effect of this spleen removal and what are the precautions for me that I should follow?

My spleen has been removed. Then what is the effect of this spleen removal and what are the precautions for me that I should follow?

You are more ...: Susceptible to serious infections due to encapsulated bacteria (eg, pneumococcus, meningococcus, hemophilus influenzae). You should be periodically immunized against those organisms. If you develop a febrile illness, you should seek medical attention immediately to start antibiotics. Have a good discussion with your primary care physician, hematologist, and/or surgeon. ...Read more

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Why would I have alot of pain, were my spleen was removed? Its been over a yr now.

Why would I have alot of pain, were my spleen was removed? Its been over a yr now.

See surgeon: Pain is abnormal and should be checked out by the surgeon who took out your spleen. The problem could have been from the scar or even adhesion (associated with the surgery) causing bowel obstruction. This is something you need to see your doctor for. ...Read more

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What is side effect for some one who was removed spleen?

What is side effect for some one who was removed spleen?

Infections: More prone to get ill from bacteria with capsules (pneumococcal , meningococcal etc) and especially malaria. Be sure to get immunized with the appropriate vaccines at regular intervals and avoid areas with malaria present. ...Read more

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What happens if your spleen is removed in terms of immunology?

What happens if your spleen is removed in terms of immunology?

Vaccines: It depends on your age. At minimum you will likely need yearly vaccines against meningitis and pneumonia. Otherwise your immune system should handle other diseases. ...Read more

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I have had two ultra sounds and spleen seems missing it hasn't been removed should I worry?

I have had two ultra sounds and spleen seems missing it hasn't been removed should I worry?

Depends on variables: This defect can be part of the asplenia syndrome, or bilateral right-sidedness. This can have features like a right sided heart apex, and abnormalities of the heart, lungs, liver and major blood vessels.If you have none of the additional features, it is just a curiosity.It may have a bearing on the function of your immune system. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me what it's like to have your spleen removed and what life is like w/o it?

Can anyone tell me what it's like to have your spleen removed and what life is like w/o it?

Amazingly: Very little difference. In rare cases, you can get septicemia from certain encapsulated organism. It is serious when it happens, but it is rare. You should get pneumococcal vaccination prior to any elective spleen surgery. And ask your surgeon if he can save at least some of the spleen if it is being done for a benign tumor. ...Read more

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If spleen is removed does the liver take over all functions or do any of the serious functions get lost? Also since liver works more, overstressed?

If spleen is removed does the liver take over all functions or do any of the serious functions get lost? Also since liver works more, overstressed?

Not completely, & no: There is much duplication within the immune system. That said, the spleen is important, especially for handling certain bacteria. Special vaccinations should be given, if not before, definitely after splenectomy. Liver also is part of the reticulo-endothelial system, but it will work just fine if the spleen has to be removed. ...Read more

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Can I still play sports if I have had my spleen removed?

Can I still play sports if I have had my spleen removed?

Yes, get vaccination: If any thing it is safer after removal of spleen. Consult your doctor to make sure you get appropriate vaccinations as a person wihtout a spleen is more susceptible to some infections, such as pneumococcoi. ...Read more