The spleen sits under your rib cage in the upper left part of your abdomen toward your back. It is an organ that is part of the lymph system and works as a drainage network that defends your body against infection. White blood cells produced in the spleen engulf bacteria, dead tissue, and foreign matter, removing them from the blood as blood passes through it.
The spleen also maintains healthy red and white blood cells and platelets; platelets help your blood clot. The spleen filters blood, removing abnormal blood cells from the bloodstream. A spleen is normally about the size of your fist. But diseases can cause it to swell and become many times its normal size. Because the spleen is involved in many functions affect it. viral infections, such as mononucleosis or Parasitic infections, such as toxoplasmosis or Bacterial infections, such as endocarditis. Treatment Laproscopy Statistics In the United States, one large series reported a palpable spleen in 2% of patients, and another, in 5.6% of patients.
Tropical splenomegaly syndrome has the highest predilection for indigenous persons and visitors to the malarial area of tropical Africa. Major research The spleen's tasks are largely taken over by other parts of the lymphatic system and the liver. Some people are not sure how many have a spare spleen.