Spleen removal

Splenectomy; Laparoscopic splenectomy; Spleen removal - laparoscopic

Spleen removal is surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen. This surgery is called splenectomy.

The spleen is in the upper part of the belly, on the left side underneath the ribcage. The spleen helps the body fight germs and infections. It also helps filter the blood.

Red blood cells, target cells

These abnormal red blood cells (RBCs) resemble targets. These cells are seen in association with some forms of anemia, and following the removal of the spleen (splenectomy).

Spleen removal - series

The spleen is an organ involved in the production and maintenance of red blood cells, the production of certain circulating white blood cells, as a part of the lymph system, and as a part of the immune system.

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