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Who needs a splenectomy?

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You may need to have your spleen removed if you have an injury that damages the organ and breaks open (ruptures) its covering. Or you might need a splenectomy if you have cancer involving the spleen or certain diseases that affect blood cells. Other common reasons a person may need a spleen removal include blood disorders, blood vessel problems, cancer, or a cyst or abscess (collection of pus) in the spleen.

SOURCES:

Family Doctor.org: "Splenectomy."

American Pediatric Surgical Association: "Spleen Problems."

MedlinePlus: "Splenectomy."

Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES): "Patient Information for Laparoscopic Spleen Removal (Splenectomy) from SAGES."

National Library of Medicine: "Spleen diseases." 

Family Doctor.org: "Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 23, 2020

SOURCES:

Family Doctor.org: "Splenectomy."

American Pediatric Surgical Association: "Spleen Problems."

MedlinePlus: "Splenectomy."

Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES): "Patient Information for Laparoscopic Spleen Removal (Splenectomy) from SAGES."

National Library of Medicine: "Spleen diseases." 

Family Doctor.org: "Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura."

National Institutes of Health.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on January 23, 2020

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