Splenectomy and Covid-19

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Hello. My spleen was removed in 2012 following injury and bleeding. I was always told to be aware of bacteriological infection and I take low dose antibiotics as prophylaxis. What is the function of the spleen in fighting viruses, and does not having a spleen put me in a high risk category for complications arising from Covid-19 infection. Very little information available online!

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    I am waiting for replays. I am also without a spleen.

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    I had a splenectomy Feb last year due to blood disorders I have. I tried talking about this on Reddit but I don't think people understand that my surgery was by choice and a better long life decision for me. It's not like I knew about this virus last year.. 😦

    It would be great if we could keep talking. It'll be nice to talk to someone who understands.

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      Yes it would be nice to keep in touch. My spleen was removed 7/2018. I was diagnosed with Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma. I am good for now but it will come back. I can't seem to find out if I am high risk without a spleen. I really think it's a problem. Staying in and away from people.

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    I am the same - it's incredible how difficult it is to find information. Here is a link to a relatively positive article which says our specific exposure is to encapsulated bacteria - in particular pneumococcal and we are not more susceptible to viral pneumonia http://www.antimicrobe.org/e30.asp. It seems to suggest that any viral attack response issues is likely to be related to another underlying condition.

    The other positive is many patients are victims of what's known as a cytokine storm https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140227142250.htm where the immune system overreacts to the infection and causes huge damage to the infected organ - in this case, the lungs. I would assume we are unlikely to have this reaction.

    These are the only valuable articles I've found and I'm trying to take positives but it is really worrying.

    David

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    Hello there,

    I was born without a spleen but only found out last year owing to a long lasting infection which has, thankfully, cleared.

    I would be very interested in the replies to this. Does it make us high-risk etc - thanks in advance.

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    I would be interested in knowing the best way to protect myself against illness and particularly Covid-19. I had a splenectomy in 2018 after complications from a routine colonoscopy. I will be following this thread.

    Thank you.

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    I found this online regarding underlying health conditions & I'm sorry to say that not having a spleen is one of them - take care everyone & best wishes.

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