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Is it true that a spleenectomy is more dangerous as a child. Why?

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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Yes

In children, having a functional spleen is important for the development of long-term immunity to certain bacteria.
If you lose or have to have your spleen removed early, you may be more susceptible to these bacteria. If the spleen is lost when you are an adult, however, you have already built up immunity to most of these organisms.

In brief: Yes

In children, having a functional spleen is important for the development of long-term immunity to certain bacteria.
If you lose or have to have your spleen removed early, you may be more susceptible to these bacteria. If the spleen is lost when you are an adult, however, you have already built up immunity to most of these organisms.
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