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What are some reasons that the doctor might tell me to have a splenectomy?
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In brief: Cause/symptoms
It depends on why it is enlarged and if it is causing symptoms.
The mere presence of an enlarged spleen does not necessarily mean an operation is required. A discussion on the pros and cons with your surgeon is advised.

In brief: Cause/symptoms
It depends on why it is enlarged and if it is causing symptoms.
The mere presence of an enlarged spleen does not necessarily mean an operation is required. A discussion on the pros and cons with your surgeon is advised.
Dr. Wesley Marquart
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Dr. Richard Orr
In addition to splenectomy for enlarged spleens, one of the more common reasons to remove the spleen is ITP. Spleens in that condition are usually normal sized but the spleen is removed, in some cases, because it is destroying blood platelets - which are required for normal blood clotting. ITP spleens can usually be removed laparoscopically.
Dr. Richard Nguyen
Bariatrics
In brief: Tumors or bleeding
Most of the times spleens are removed its for large tumors or bleeding issues from low platelets or direct trauma and bleeding from the spleen itself.

In brief: Tumors or bleeding
Most of the times spleens are removed its for large tumors or bleeding issues from low platelets or direct trauma and bleeding from the spleen itself.
Dr. Richard Nguyen
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