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Is splenectomy a very common procedure?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Uncommon.

Spleens are not like the appendix; they serve many important functions not the least of which is protection against sudden overwhelming bacterial blood infections (sepsis or bacteremia).
The spleen is only removed in pathological conditions like itp, in staging of some cancers like lymphoma, & after traumatic rupture where bleeding cannot be controlled.

In brief: Uncommon.

Spleens are not like the appendix; they serve many important functions not the least of which is protection against sudden overwhelming bacterial blood infections (sepsis or bacteremia).
The spleen is only removed in pathological conditions like itp, in staging of some cancers like lymphoma, & after traumatic rupture where bleeding cannot be controlled.
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