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Will removing my spleen make me more likely to get sick?

Will removing my spleen make me more likely to get sick?

Yes ...: In addition to being more susceptible to encapsulated organisms such as s. Pneumoniae (therefore, get your meningitis and pneumonia vaccines), you are also susceptible to other organisms that most people are not: capnocytophaga (from a dog bite), babesia (from a tick bite in certain parts of the us), and vibrio vulnificus (amarine bacteria that can cause a necrotizing skin infections). ...Read more

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I just got scratched in several places on my abdomen by a cat. Will not having a spleen make me more likely to get cat scratch disease?

I just got scratched in several places on my abdomen by a cat.  Will not having a spleen make  me more likely to get cat scratch disease?

A splenic: Not having a spleen will make you more at risk for many types of bacterial infections, especially those of "encapsulated organisms." streptococcus, heamophilus, neiseria. Cat scratch disease does travel through the lymphatic system but usually regionally from the lymph node near the scratch site which are intact in you. Luckily it is rare, but as an a-splenic be cautious with all infections. ...Read more

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My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch salmonella enteritidis?

My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch salmonella enteritidis?

Yes: But avoid eating uncooked meats and fish, and wash your veggies, and your chances of getting this are very small. ...Read more

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My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch streptococcus pneumonia?

My spleen was removed, am I more likely to get sepsis if I catch streptococcus pneumonia?

Yes: The spleen has a special role in protecting the body from pneumococcal infection, particularly in younger patients. These patients may take daily antibiotics to [prevent this problem. Check with your doctor for the right therapy. ...Read more

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Do some children gets an enlarged spleen with all viruses? My son already had mono but he seems to get a slightly enlarged spleen whenever he's sick.

Do some children gets an enlarged spleen with all viruses? My son already had mono but he seems to get a slightly enlarged spleen whenever he's sick.

Not with all viruses: Mononucleosis does cause splenic enlargement but all viruses do not cause splenic enlargement.But there are others beside the Ebstein Barr Virus which causes mononucleosis.Cytomegalo virus causes it.But you say it get enlarged whenever he is sick.I suggest you discuss with your pediatrician if it is of concern.If it goes down after his illness .then I see no problem.Discuss with his Pediatrician ...Read more

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I am a cancer survivor with no spleen so I get my flu shot every year past three or four years I have been feeling sick afterwards is this a concern?

I am a cancer survivor with no spleen so I get my flu shot every year past three or four years I have been feeling sick afterwards is this a concern?

Alternative: There is an intradermal flu vaccine which is likely less troublesome for you. What you do need most is pneumococcal vaccine -both the 23 and 13-strains due to the absence of a spleen. ...Read more

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Why do peole get enlarged spleens?

Why do peole get enlarged spleens?

See below: This can be a result of a variety of conditions such as liver disease and hematological disorders as well as some infections such as mono. ...Read more