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An open splenectomy is a surgery to remove the entire spleen. Unlike a laparoscopic procedure, an open splenectomy requires a larger surgical cut. The spleen contains special white blood cells that can destroy bacteria. It helps the body fight infections and also removes old red blood cells from the body’s circulation. It is usually removed because of a rupture due to physical trauma. Read more: What Happens if Your Spleen Is Removed? Article


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