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Posted by: Curious | 2010/12/09

Splenectomy

Hi, Doc

I watched Trauma last night and a girl''s spleen was removed following physical trauma.

Just out of interest, taking the important role the spleen has on red blood cells, platelets &  immune system, what is the complications for a splenectomy and how is patients medically managed without having a spleen?

Many thanks

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Hallo Curious
One can live without a spleen but you are more prone to infections, expecially parasite infections like Malaria. People without a spleen needs to take prophylactic vaccines against pneumonia and should not go into malaria areas. These patients are also more prone to develop blood clots. We manage by treating infections early, avoiding malaria areas, and regular checking of full blood count tests.
Dr Bets

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Posted by: Cyberdoc | 2010/12/10

Hallo Curious
One can live without a spleen but you are more prone to infections, expecially parasite infections like Malaria. People without a spleen needs to take prophylactic vaccines against pneumonia and should not go into malaria areas. These patients are also more prone to develop blood clots. We manage by treating infections early, avoiding malaria areas, and regular checking of full blood count tests.
Dr Bets

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