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Is a spleen necessary to live a healthy life?
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In brief: No
The spleen functions as a contributor to the body's immune system. Removal of the spleen will result in an increased risk of infections with certain organisms.
There are vaccines available to prevent infections against these organisms. The risk of serious infections is less than 1%. Most people without a spleen can lead normal lives.

In brief: No
The spleen functions as a contributor to the body's immune system. Removal of the spleen will result in an increased risk of infections with certain organisms.
There are vaccines available to prevent infections against these organisms. The risk of serious infections is less than 1%. Most people without a spleen can lead normal lives.
Dr. Michael Zadeh
Dr. Michael Zadeh
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Dr. Norman Bein
Surgery
In brief: No
The spleen can be removed and, with the esception of increasing your platelet count does not, by its absence, inteerfere with your health.

In brief: No
The spleen can be removed and, with the esception of increasing your platelet count does not, by its absence, inteerfere with your health.
Dr. Norman Bein
Dr. Norman Bein
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