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Will removing my spleen make me more likely to get sick?

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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes ...

In addition to being more susceptible to encapsulated organisms such as s.
Pneumoniae (therefore, get your meningitis and pneumonia vaccines), you are also susceptible to other organisms that most people are not: capnocytophaga (from a dog bite), babesia (from a tick bite in certain parts of the us), and vibrio vulnificus (amarine bacteria that can cause a necrotizing skin infections).

In brief: Yes ...

In addition to being more susceptible to encapsulated organisms such as s.
Pneumoniae (therefore, get your meningitis and pneumonia vaccines), you are also susceptible to other organisms that most people are not: capnocytophaga (from a dog bite), babesia (from a tick bite in certain parts of the us), and vibrio vulnificus (amarine bacteria that can cause a necrotizing skin infections).
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

The spleen functions as a large filter which can capture and kill certain encapsulated bacteria, such as those that cause pneumonia and meningitis.
Splenectomy puts one at risk for poorly tolerating these types of infections, making immunizations against these bacteria critical. Despite this, the incidence of these infections in people following splenectomy is less than 5%.

In brief: Yes

The spleen functions as a large filter which can capture and kill certain encapsulated bacteria, such as those that cause pneumonia and meningitis.
Splenectomy puts one at risk for poorly tolerating these types of infections, making immunizations against these bacteria critical. Despite this, the incidence of these infections in people following splenectomy is less than 5%.
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Dr. Arthur Heller
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe. Why removed?

Losing spleen increases risks for infection with some types of bacteria (encapsulated).
Need pneumococcal vaccine, hemophilus influenza vaccine annually, Meningococcal vaccine a good idea too. Some docs recommend penicillin taken regularly for at least 2-3 years. Call md for any fevers, infectious illness. Why removed? Trauma or, say, itp? Risk of bleeding is greater from itp, low platelets.

In brief: Maybe. Why removed?

Losing spleen increases risks for infection with some types of bacteria (encapsulated).
Need pneumococcal vaccine, hemophilus influenza vaccine annually, Meningococcal vaccine a good idea too. Some docs recommend penicillin taken regularly for at least 2-3 years. Call md for any fevers, infectious illness. Why removed? Trauma or, say, itp? Risk of bleeding is greater from itp, low platelets.
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