What happens when you don t have a spleen

Without a spleen, serious infections can result following what would normally be minor illnesses. The risk can be lowered by the administration of vaccines for pneumonia,

Meningitis

An infection of meninges, protective tissue of the brain.

and influenza prior to surgical removal of the spleen, if possible, or soon after.

What happens if you don’t have a spleen?

Fortunately for people who do not have a spleen, the body has other lymphoid tissues containing white blood cells, such as lymph nodes. For many types of infections, the remaining lymphoid tissues are able to mount an adequate response.

What happens if you take out your spleen?

If your spleen has to be taken out, you may have an increased risk of severe infection. The degree of risk depends on your age and if you have other diseases. Although your risk of infection is highest in the first two years after splenectomy, it stays high for the rest of your life.

What happens to the spleen when it is removed?

Usually when the spleen is removed, other organs such as the liver can take over most of the functions of the spleen. But because the spleen is important for the body’s defense against germs, the patient is at a higher risk of infection after the operation.

What does it mean when your spleen hurts?

Spleen pain is usually felt as a pain behind your left ribs. It may be tender when you touch the area. This can be a sign of a damaged, ruptured or enlarged spleen. The spleen can become damaged or may rupture (burst) after a forceful blow to the abdomen, car accident, sporting accident or fracture to the ribs.

What to do if you don’t have a spleen?

If you do not have a spleen, ask your doctor what steps to take to prevent infection or illness. This might include precautions about mosquito bites and tick bites, vaccinations, and whether you should carry antibiotics (“pill in pocket”).

What happens if you take out your spleen?

If your spleen has to be taken out, you may have an increased risk of severe infection. The degree of risk depends on your age and if you have other diseases. Although your risk of infection is highest in the first two years after splenectomy, it stays high for the rest of your life.

What to do if you dont have a spleen?

People without a functional spleen are advised to keep a full course of antibiotics on their person at all times. You should start taking the medication as soon as you get any sign of infection – such as: new cough. Ask your prescribing doctor how much you should take.

Can you get an infection without a spleen?

Increased Infection Risk Without a spleen, serious infections can result following what would normally be minor illnesses. The risk can be lowered by the administration of vaccines for pneumonia, meningitis and influenza prior to surgical removal of the spleen, if possible, or soon after.