What are the long-term effects of a splenectomy?
A recent study from a large cohort of American veterans showed an increased risk of death due to septicemia, pulmonary embolism, coronary artery disease and cancer more than 10 years after splenectomy.
What are the negative effects of not having a spleen?
If the spleen does not work properly, it may start to remove healthy blood cells. This can lead to: anaemia, from a reduced number of red blood cells. an increased risk of infection, from a reduced number of white blood cells.
How do you feel after spleen removal?
After a splenectomy, you are likely to have pain for several days. You may also feel like you have influenza (flu). You may have a low fever and feel tired and nauseated. This is common.
What are the side effects of a splenectomy?
But as with any surgery, splenectomy carries the potential risk of complications, including:
- Blood clots.
- Injury to nearby organs, including your stomach, pancreas and colon.
Does not having a spleen make me immunocompromised?
COVID-19: Does not having a spleen affect ability to fight this illness? At this point, we do not know for sure how lacking a spleen might affect a person’s ability to fight COVID-19. For most viruses, not having a spleen does not seem to be a major risk factor for illness.
Is not having a spleen a disability?
38 C.F.R. § 4.7. Under Diagnostic Code 7706, a splenectomy warrants a 20 percent disability rating. This diagnostic code also provides the instruction to rate complications such as systemic infections with encapsulated bacteria separately.
What is the life expectancy after spleen removal?
Survival. When considering all cases, the median survival was 80 months. Following emergency splenectomy, the median survival was 72 months compared with 89 months following elective surgery (p=0.381) (Table 1).
Can I live a normal life after splenectomy?
Due to injury or necessary surgery (splenectomy), some people are lacking a spleen, the organ that filters the bloodstream and helps the body fight infection. You do not need your spleen to live a normal, healthy life.
Does spleen removal shorten life?
You can live without a spleen. But because the spleen plays a crucial role in the body’s ability to fight off bacteria, living without the organ makes you more likely to develop infections, especially dangerous ones such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Haemophilus influenzae.