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After a splenectomy does another organ take over from the spleen?
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Dr. Stephen Kim
Surgery - Pediatric
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In brief: No
There is no organ that can replace all of the functions of the spleen.
Most importantly, after splenectomy, there is a risk for post-splenectomy sepsis (overwhelming infection).

In brief: No
There is no organ that can replace all of the functions of the spleen.
Most importantly, after splenectomy, there is a risk for post-splenectomy sepsis (overwhelming infection).
Dr. Stephen Kim
Dr. Stephen Kim
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3 doctors agree
In brief: No
The spleen has specific functions, such as helping to identify a specific type of encapsulated bacteria, and a vaccine is given before or after splenectomy surgery to help with this.
The spleen also helps remove old worn out blood cells and helps with platelet management. A person can live just fine without a spleen.

In brief: No
The spleen has specific functions, such as helping to identify a specific type of encapsulated bacteria, and a vaccine is given before or after splenectomy surgery to help with this.
The spleen also helps remove old worn out blood cells and helps with platelet management. A person can live just fine without a spleen.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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