A splenectomy is surgery to remove the entire spleen, a delicate, fist-sized organ that sits under the left rib cage near the stomach. The spleen is an important part of the body's defense (immune) system. It contains special white blood cells that destroy bacteria and help your body fight infections when you are sick. It also makes red blood cells and helps remove, or filter, old ones from the body's circulation.
If only part of the spleen is removed, the procedure is called a partial splenectomy...
of the stomach or esophagus, which also may cause nausea, decreased appetite,
and fullness after eating.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which causes burping and heartburn that is worse
when you lie down or bend over.
Gallbladder disease, which causes pain in the upper right abdomen that may spread to
the back or shoulder.
vague discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest that may cause gas, a feeling of
fullness, gnawing, or burning in the stomach. Burping may or may not accompany
A gastric bezoar, an uncommon condition that
occurs when a large collection of undigested material such as food, hair, or
swallowed objects blocks the opening from the stomach into the intestine
(gastric outlet obstruction).
Call your doctor for a checkup if you have burping with abdominal
fullness or indigestion that does not get better or go away with home
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Sydney Youngerman-Cole, RN, BSN, RNC
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
September 1, 2009
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September 01, 2009
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