Our expert says:
Your spleen is important in removing old blood cells from the system, recycles iron, provides the body with antbodies and makes white blood cells. Removing the spleen leads to changes in white blood cells and platelet counts, reduced responsiveness to some vaccines, increased susceptibility to infection by bacteria and protozoa. You don't have to eat a special diet, but do ensure that you eat food containing iron (green leafy vegetables and low fat red meat) Vaccinate yourself yearly against pneumonia and avoid visiting malaria areas.
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