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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


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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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What do you suggest if my spleen was removed after being damaged in a auto accident. I have been?

What do you suggest if my spleen was removed after being damaged in a auto accident. I have been?

Immunization: Without a spleen, you are more prone to certain infections. At the minimum, you will need Prevnar immunization followed by Pneumococcal vaccine in 6-12 months and boosters thereafter every 5 years. ...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

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Why is the spleen sometimes removed?

Why is the spleen sometimes removed?

Many reasons: One of the functions of the spleen is the trapping and destruction of antibody-coated cells from the blood stream. This can result in severe anemia and thrombocytopenia in autoimmune conditions where platelets(ITP) or RBC's(hemolytic anemia) are coated with antibodies. Splenectomy may be needed to restore RBC and platelet levels to normal. Splenic trauma and other disorders also need splenectomy ...Read more

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Spleen size is 25 inches . Is it to be removed.

Spleen size is 25 inches . Is it to be removed.

Depends...: On the cause. If you have one of the marrow disorders for which splenectomy is a good idea, or a storage disease causing hypersplenism, perhaps that spleen will be coming out. This is a question best discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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Supposing spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed. What would happen to it?

Supposing spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed. What would happen to it?

Becomes fibrosed: and loses its function, the patient is considered without a spleen (asplenic) and should be managed as such, that happens to some patients with sickle cell anemia and other conditions, due to multiple infarctions they get "auto-splenectomy", asplenic patients should receive certain vaccines, be careful when they have an infection and call their doctor or start antibiotics till seeing their doctor ...Read more

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What happens if spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed what happens to it?

What happens if spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed what happens to it?

It Involutes: A damaged or dysfunctional spleen can gradually be resorbed by the body. This process is called involution. Sometimes a small remnant of the spleen will remain but it is not large enough or has enough blood flow to perform its job. ...Read more

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I have a huge spleen that flares up a lot. I want it removed. Someone can look at me and literally see my spleen. I have no insurance. What to do?

I have a huge spleen that flares up a lot.  I want it removed.  Someone can look at me and literally see my spleen.  I have no insurance.  What to do?

Why is it large: There are a number of reasons that the spleen might be enlarged such as infections, blood disorders and liver disease. It is important to find out why your spleen is swelling and treat that problem. As an example, if the cause is sarcoidosis, removing the spleen would not cure the disease. Often once the medical condition is treated the spleen stops being overactive and goes back to normal size. ...Read more

Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more