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Life without a spleen? Can a person live a normal life without a spleen?

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Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Pediatrics - Urology

In brief: For the most part

People without a spleen can lead a normal life.
Be sure you are vaccinated against these bacteria: streptococcus pneumoniae, neisseria meningitidis, and haemophilus influenzae. People without spleens are at a increased risk severe infections. You should get yearly flu vaccine and your doctor may recommend a pneumonia vaccine. Discuss infection risks and surgical complication with your doctor.

In brief: For the most part

People without a spleen can lead a normal life.
Be sure you are vaccinated against these bacteria: streptococcus pneumoniae, neisseria meningitidis, and haemophilus influenzae. People without spleens are at a increased risk severe infections. You should get yearly flu vaccine and your doctor may recommend a pneumonia vaccine. Discuss infection risks and surgical complication with your doctor.
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
Dr. Benjamin Whittam
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