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What are the risks of having a splenectomy?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: Early and Late

Early: bleeding or injury to adjacent organs are the highest surgical risks.
Late: the spleen is a filter that removes old blood cells and certain (encapsulated) bacteria from the bloodstream. Therefore, people without a spleen are prone to certain infections (although there are vaccines for these) and an over abundance of platelets in the bloodstream.

In brief: Early and Late

Early: bleeding or injury to adjacent organs are the highest surgical risks.
Late: the spleen is a filter that removes old blood cells and certain (encapsulated) bacteria from the bloodstream. Therefore, people without a spleen are prone to certain infections (although there are vaccines for these) and an over abundance of platelets in the bloodstream.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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