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no spleen was posted 12/01/1998 09:42 am by Robin F
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Alice: I had complete removal of the pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, part of duodenum and resecting of portal vein in 10/96. As I understand it, the spleen helps in fighting infections, but as posted by others, people have their spleens removed due to traumatic injuries. Also, I think the spleen becomes enlarged when someone has mono and can burst, requiring surgery. I have not had a cold or flu since my surgery but I have always been pretty resistant to these things, so I cannot say what effect not having a spleen has had on me.

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