Describe the functions of the spleen

Describe the functions of the spleen? Why is the total splenectomy (that is, surgical elimination of the spleen) compatible with life?




The spleen has numerous functions: it participates in the demolition of old red blood cells; in it specialized leukocytes are matured; it aids the renewal of hematopoietic tissue of the bone marrow whenever essential; it can act as a sponge like organ to retain or release blood from or for the circulation. Total splenectomy is not unsuited with life as none of the functions of spleen are crucial and at similar time exclusive of this organ.

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