• spleen, soft, purplish-red organ that lies under the diaphragm on the left side of the abdominal cavity. (infoplease.com)
  • The spleen is an organ situated behind the stomach, in the upper left part of the abdomen known as the left hypochondrium. (news-medical.net)
  • The spleen is an organ involved in the production and maintenance of red blood cells, the production of certain circulating white blood cells, as a part of the lymph system, and as a part of the immune system. (medlineplus.gov)
  • The spleen is a delicate, fist-sized organ under your left rib cage near your stomach . (webmd.com)
  • A layer of tissue entirely covers the spleen in a capsule-like fashion, except where veins and arteries enter the organ. (webmd.com)
  • The spleen is the most frequent organ to be damaged in blunt trauma injuries involving the abdomen . (webmd.com)
  • The spleen (from Greek σπλήν-splḗn) is an organ found in virtually all vertebrates. (wikipedia.org)
  • As a major lymphoid organ and a central player in the reticuloendothelial system, the spleen retains the ability to produce lymphocytes and, as such, remains a hematopoietic organ. (wikipedia.org)
  • Ordinarily, the spleen manufactures red blood cells only toward the end of fetal life, and after birth that function is taken over by the bone marrow. (infoplease.com)
  • However, in cases of bone marrow breakdown, the spleen reverts to its fetal function. (infoplease.com)
  • While the bone marrow is the primary site of hematopoiesis in the adult, the spleen has important hematopoietic functions up until the fifth month of gestation. (wikipedia.org)
  • This may cause immediate rupture of the spleen, or it may result in the formation of a hematoma. (news-medical.net)
  • my son turned 16 in july and a week later he was at home doing nothing and his spleen rupture he was in icu for 3 days they didnt operate just monitor him but has been having scans since and his spleen is still enlarged they dont know why. (netmums.com)
  • Your doctor may refer to a ruptured spleen as a "splenic rupture. (webmd.com)
  • For this reason, a CT scan is not recommended for those with a spleen rupture who have unstable vital signs or low blood pressure due to the injury (suggesting shock). (webmd.com)
  • In these cases, other tests may be used to help diagnose a spleen rupture. (webmd.com)
  • Barrier A, Lacaine F, Callard P et al (2002) Lymphangiomatosis of the spleen and 2 accessory spleens. (springer.com)
  • A physical exam may be the only test done to diagnose a ruptured spleen. (webmd.com)
  • Spleen removal is surgery to remove a diseased or damaged spleen. (medlineplus.gov)
  • Sudden low blood pressure in someone who is believed to have a spleen injury, particularly a young person, is a sign that the condition is especially severe, and emergency surgery is needed. (webmd.com)
  • Pain at the tip of the left shoulder on elevating the legs in the supine position: this is due to the presence of blood leaking from the spleen into the peritoneal cavity, pooling in and thereby irritating the left dome of the diaphragm when the patient adopts this position. (news-medical.net)
  • The spleen lies beneath the left diaphragm, beneath the ninth, tenth, and eleventh ribs. (wikipedia.org)
  • The diaphragm separates the spleen from the pleura and base of the left lung. (wikipedia.org)
  • Removal of the spleen usually results in a significantly higher T-helper cell count. (thebody.com)
  • The spleen is 1" by 3" by 5", weighs approximately 7 oz, and lies between the 9th and 11th ribs on the left hand side. (wikipedia.org)
  • Palpation and percussion of the spleen are important techniques for identifying an enlarged spleen. (stanford.edu)
  • Now, though, scientists at Harvard have built a machine spleen, which is able to remove pathogens from the bloodstream through the use of magnetic nanobeads. (extremetech.com)
  • The spleen also acts as a blood reservoir during stress or at other times when additional blood is needed, the spleen contracts, forcing stored blood into circulation (see circulatory system ). (infoplease.com)
  • A study published in 2009 using mice found that the red pulp of the spleen forms a reservoir that contains over half of the body's monocytes. (wikipedia.org)
  • This tissue, called the splenic capsule, helps protect the spleen from direct injury. (webmd.com)
  • a condition of amyloid degeneration of the spleen, affecting chiefly the extrasinusoidal tissue spaces of the pulp. (drugs.com)
  • While most of the gut organs are endodermally derived (with the exception of the neural-crest derived adrenal gland), the spleen is derived from mesenchymal tissue. (wikipedia.org)
  • The spleen plays various roles in immunity and red cell recycling. (news-medical.net)
  • The spleen plays important roles in regard to red blood cells (also referred to as erythrocytes) and the immune system. (wikipedia.org)
  • Rabushka LS, Kawashima A, Fishman EK (1994) Imaging of the spleen: CT with supplemental MR examination. (springer.com)
  • Imaging tests can help diagnose a ruptured spleen. (webmd.com)
  • Certain diseases and illnesses can also lead to a ruptured spleen. (webmd.com)
  • The spleen is located on the left side of the body, above the stomach. (nih.gov)
  • Damage to the spleen is rare because of its protected position under the left side of the ribcage. (news-medical.net)
  • The spleen synthesizes antibodies in its white pulp and removes antibody-coated bacteria and antibody-coated blood cells by way of blood and lymph node circulation. (wikipedia.org)
  • The spleen helps control the amount of blood and blood cells that circulate through the body and helps destroy damaged cells. (kidshealth.org)
  • Like TONSPION auf Facebook, um keine Neuheiten über Spleen United zu verpassen. (tonspion.de)
  • I had my spleen removed 2 years ago for thrombocytopinia. (thebody.com)
  • The contrast helps the doctor determine the amount of bleeding from the spleen. (webmd.com)
  • Can spleen cells treat diabetes? (newscientist.com)
  • SPLEEN cells might be capable of regenerating insulin-producing islet cells in people with diabetes, claims Denise Faustman's team at Massachusetts General Hospital in Charlestown. (newscientist.com)
  • Next, Faustman injected spleen cells, because they make a substance lethal to naive memory T-cells, stopping them from forming yet more islet-slaying memory cells. (newscientist.com)