(Spleen Removal; Removal, Spleen)


Splenectomy is the surgical removal of the spleen. The spleen is an organ in the upper left part of the abdomen. It is beneath the ribs and behind the stomach. The spleen filters blood to remove bacteria, parasites, and other organisms that can cause infection. It removes old and damaged blood cells. It can also produce red blood cells and certain types of white blood cells.
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Reasons for Procedure

You may need to be treated by having a splenectomy if you have:

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