Spleen removal

Alternative Names

Splenectomy; Laparoscopic splenectomy; Spleen removal – laparoscopic

Definition of Spleen removal

Spleen removal (splenectomy) is surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen. This organ is in the upper part of your belly, on the left side. It helps your body fight germs and infections. It also helps filter your blood.

Review

George F Longstreth, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program San Diego, California. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 2/23/2009

Red blood cells, target cells
Spleen removal - series

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