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Spleen removal - series

Spleen removal - series

The spleen is an organ that filters the blood, stores blood cells, removes old red blood cells, and produces certain white blood cells.

Spleen removal - series

Spleen removal - series

The spleen is an organ that filters the blood, stores blood cells, removes old red blood cells, and produces certain white blood cells.

Spleen removal - series

Indications

Guidelines for splenectomy include Congenital or acquired hemolytic anemia; Idiopathic thrombocytopenia; Trauma to the spleen; Lymphoma, leukemia, Hodgkin's disease; Portal hypertension and hypersplenism; Hereditary spherocytosis.

Spleen removal - series

Indications

Guidelines for splenectomy include Congenital or acquired hemolytic anemia; Idiopathic thrombocytopenia; Trauma to the spleen; Lymphoma, leukemia, H...

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Spleen removal - series

Incision

General anesthesia is used. The patient is in deep sleep and pain free. The surgeon makes an incision in the abdomen.

Spleen removal - series

Incision

General anesthesia is used. The patient is in deep sleep and pain free. The surgeon makes an incision in the abdomen.

Spleen removal - series

Procedure

The surgeon locates and isolates the spleen, rotates it and brings it out of the wound. Its attachments to other organs are gently cut. In children, following traumatic injury and splenic disruption, a healthy fragment of the spleen may be reimplanted. Such fragments provide continued splenic function.

Spleen removal - series

Procedure

The surgeon locates and isolates the spleen, rotates it and brings it out of the wound. Its attachments to other organs are gently cut. In children, ...

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Spleen removal - series

Aftercare

The outcome varies with the underlying disease and extent of other injuries. Complete recovery from surgery should be anticipated. Recovery from the operation should be rapid. Hospitalization should be less than a week, and complete healing should occur within 3 to 4 weeks.

Spleen removal - series

Aftercare

The outcome varies with the underlying disease and extent of other injuries. Complete recovery from surgery should be anticipated. Recovery from the ...

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Review Date: 3/12/2019

Reviewed By: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, general surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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