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How likely is it for a 20 year old person without a spleen live till 80? Percentage or chances? In regards to life expectancy or cancer or such?Thanks

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Dr. Myron Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Very good chance

When a spleen is removed there is a high incidence of infection and pneumonia for which the pneumococcal vaccine is given.
If the spleen was removed due to a nonmalignant condition then the complications of splenectomy are markedly reduced since the cases where problems can arise are when the procedure was done for enlarged spleen secondary to lymphoma or Hodgkins.

In brief: Very good chance

When a spleen is removed there is a high incidence of infection and pneumonia for which the pneumococcal vaccine is given.
If the spleen was removed due to a nonmalignant condition then the complications of splenectomy are markedly reduced since the cases where problems can arise are when the procedure was done for enlarged spleen secondary to lymphoma or Hodgkins.
Dr. Myron Arlen
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Dr. John Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Totally possible

Although you have less protection against encapsulated bacteria, modern medicine has made it possible to live you full life expectancy although no one can guarantee that anyone can live till 80.
Just be sure that your doctor pays particular attention to vaccinations and follow-up.

In brief: Totally possible

Although you have less protection against encapsulated bacteria, modern medicine has made it possible to live you full life expectancy although no one can guarantee that anyone can live till 80.
Just be sure that your doctor pays particular attention to vaccinations and follow-up.
Dr. John Chiu
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
3 doctors agree

In brief: As for anybody

Your not having a spleen, whether it was removed due to trauma or illness, will not diminish your life expectancy as long as you're alert to possible bacterial infection of the bloodstream and get seen if you get even a mild unexplained fever.
I trust you've had the pneumococcal vaccine. There's no increased cancer risk. Ignore the scare-stuff online; it's just not true.

In brief: As for anybody

Your not having a spleen, whether it was removed due to trauma or illness, will not diminish your life expectancy as long as you're alert to possible bacterial infection of the bloodstream and get seen if you get even a mild unexplained fever.
I trust you've had the pneumococcal vaccine. There's no increased cancer risk. Ignore the scare-stuff online; it's just not true.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Al Hegab
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Having no spleen

is common, many people don't, either born without, lose it to a disease or trauma and get surgically removed, and other conditions, vaccines against pneumococcus, meningitis and h.
Flu should be administered, others like flu shots every year would be needed, antibiotics should be started as soon as infection is suspected, keep antibiotics handy when you travel, follow up with doctor often,

In brief: Having no spleen

is common, many people don't, either born without, lose it to a disease or trauma and get surgically removed, and other conditions, vaccines against pneumococcus, meningitis and h.
Flu should be administered, others like flu shots every year would be needed, antibiotics should be started as soon as infection is suspected, keep antibiotics handy when you travel, follow up with doctor often,
Dr. Al Hegab
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