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Why would a splenectomy increase the number of platelets in my blood?

Why would a splenectomy increase the number of platelets in my blood?

Spleen function: The spleen filters blood and pulls dead cells from circulation. In itp and other hypersplenic illnesses, too many platelets are pulled out of circulation. Removing the spleen allows more to stay circulating. You will need vaccines against certain organisms that the spleen protects you from. ...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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How might removal of the spleen (splenectomy) result in an increase in the number of circulating platelets?

See below : Spleen is the major (not the only) organ that filters the blood and removes any defective blood cells including platelets. If it is not there, platelets don't get chewed up and keep circulating. ...Read more

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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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Can a partial pancreatectomy and a splenectomy cause blood sugar levels to fluctate?

Can a partial pancreatectomy and a splenectomy cause blood sugar levels to fluctate?

Yes: Insulin is made in the pancreas. Depending on how much of your pancreas was removed, you may not have enough Insulin producing cells left to keep your sugar normal. In that case, you will likely need treatment with Insulin to maintain good blood sugar control. ...Read more

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I have ITP and did splenectomy when I was 7. since then, my platelets are still unstable. What can I do to help maintain a good count of platelets?

Not enough info: What is the range of your platelet counts? Most times the range is fairly narrow and no treatment is needed. If you are considered, consult with a hematologist. ...Read more

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In case of splenectomy , if the blood cells " RBCs " die , where does it go ??

In case of splenectomy , if the blood cells " RBCs " die , where does it go ??

Splenic function: The spleen is a place where older red cells die after they age. The spleen is part of the reticuloendothelial system which includes the liver. The liver takes over. Interesting enough the spleen stores up to 1/3 of our circulating blood cells , so expect the blood counts to go up after a splenectomy ...Read more

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My blood platelets are 75000, what should I do to increase platelets as soon as possible?

My blood platelets are 75000, what should I do to increase platelets as soon as possible?

Closely watch...: Low platelets can be due to destruction or a problem with production. Treatments for low platelets depends entirely on the cause. Sometimes merely watching and waiting will resolve the problem. There is usually nothing you can do (for example, diet, supplements, etc.) that will cause the low platelets to rise. ...Read more

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