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How does a splenectomy affect my red blood cells?

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In brief: Different ways

The spleen is an organ that helps with some types of infection from encapsulated organisms, platelets, and it also removes old worn out red blood cells.
You would not likely know of any side effect on your red blood cells, and your blood tests for your red blood cells are likely to be normal.

In brief: Different ways

The spleen is an organ that helps with some types of infection from encapsulated organisms, platelets, and it also removes old worn out red blood cells.
You would not likely know of any side effect on your red blood cells, and your blood tests for your red blood cells are likely to be normal.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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In brief: Variety of ways

Because they are not filtered by the spleen they will have different looks to them under the microscope- and it is one of those things that those of us who like looking under the microscope enjoy -- .
It does not affect your cells in a functional way.

In brief: Variety of ways

Because they are not filtered by the spleen they will have different looks to them under the microscope- and it is one of those things that those of us who like looking under the microscope enjoy -- .
It does not affect your cells in a functional way.
Dr. Terry Simpson
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