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How can spleen removal help some sickle cell patients?

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Dr. Christopher Guzik
Family Medicine
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In brief: Yes

Spleen removal can help in sickle cell disease by prenenting sequestration of red blood cell in the spleen which acts as one of the filtering system of the blood in the body.

In brief: Yes

Spleen removal can help in sickle cell disease by prenenting sequestration of red blood cell in the spleen which acts as one of the filtering system of the blood in the body.
Dr. Christopher Guzik
Dr. Christopher Guzik
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
Surgery - Thoracic

In brief: Prevent sequester

Sickle cell anemia.
The disease has many issues, but two major components are irregular shaped blood cells and associated lack of red cells (anemia). Because of irregular shape, the red cells get trapped and/or broken down which contributes anemia. Cells get trapped in spleen. This can result in enlargement of spleen as well as contribute to loss of red cells trapped in it.

In brief: Prevent sequester

Sickle cell anemia.
The disease has many issues, but two major components are irregular shaped blood cells and associated lack of red cells (anemia). Because of irregular shape, the red cells get trapped and/or broken down which contributes anemia. Cells get trapped in spleen. This can result in enlargement of spleen as well as contribute to loss of red cells trapped in it.
Dr. Loki Skylizard
Dr. Loki Skylizard
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