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Your spleen is an organ above your stomach and under your ribs on your left side. It is about as big as your fist. The spleen is part of your lymphatic system, which fights infection and keeps your body fluids in balance. It contains white blood cells that fight germs. Your spleen also helps control the amount of blood in your body, and destroys old and damaged cells.

Certain diseases might cause your spleen to swell. You can also damage or rupture your spleen in an injury, especially if it is already swollen. If your spleen is too damaged, you might need surgery to remove it. You can live without a spleen. Other organs, such as your liver, will take over some of the spleen's work. Without a spleen, however, your body will lose some of its ability to fight infections.

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  1. Spleen Diseases (National Library of Medicine)  
    Your spleen is an organ above your stomach and under your ribs on your left side. It is about as big as your fist. The spleen is part of your lymphatic system, which fights ...
  2. Splenomegaly is a larger-than-normal spleen. The spleen is an organ in the upper left part of the belly. ... The spleen is an organ that is a part of the lymph system . The spleen filters the blood and ...
  3. 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, ...
  4. You had surgery to remove your spleen. This operation is called splenectomy . Now that you're going home, follow your health care provider's instructions on how to care for ...
  5. Your child had surgery to remove the spleen . Now that your child is going home, follow the surgeon's instructions on how to care for your child at home. Use the information ...
  6. ... material to check how well the liver or spleen is working and to assess masses in the ... The test can provide information about liver and spleen function. It is also used to help confirm ...
  7. You had surgery to remove your spleen. This operation is called splenectomy . Now that you're going home, follow your health care provider's instructions on how to care for ...
  8. Spleen Removal (Splenectomy) (Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons)  
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