Reasons for Spleen Removal

When your doctor informs you that you need the Spleen Removal procedure performed it can be scary. Learn exactly what the procedure involves, the reasons it needs to be performed and what the next steps could be.

Why Spleen Removal is Performed

Alternate Names for Spleen Removal:
Removal, spleen
Surgical removal, spleen

Reasons for Procedure

You may need to be treated by having a splenectomy if you have:

  • Trauma to the spleen
  • Spleen rupture due to tumor, infection, inflammatory condition, or medicines
  • Enlargement of the spleen (splenomegaly)
  • Certain blood disorders
  • Myelofibrosis (abnormal formation of fibrous tissue in the bone marrow)
  • Damage in the blood vessels of the spleen
  • Leukemia or lymphoma
  • Diseased spleen, due to disorders like HIV infection
  • Tumor or abscess in the spleen
  • Liver disease


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