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No spleen? What you need to know to stay healthy

April 24, 2020

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Elise Merchant, MD, Contributor

Dr. Elise Merchant is an infectious diseases fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at Tufts Medical Center, after earning her MD from Tufts University School of … See Full Bio
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Wendy Stead, MD, Contributor

Dr. Wendy Stead is the program director of the BIDMC infectious diseases fellowship and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Stead received her BA from George Washington University and her MD from … See Full Bio
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May 7, 2020

Thank you for writing this article. I am hoping in the future to get a more definitive answer. I was working in the personal services industry and most likely will have to wait longer before returning to work. Other articles I have read suggest that people without a spleen are more prone to get Covid and will have a tougher time fighting it off. If I consulted with my Dr I would not be able to just rely on her opinion as the answer of “could be or may be ok” is not good enough for me at this point. Thank you for doing the research and I am looking forward to hearing more answers as this disease evolves.

Lazelle de Bruyn
May 3, 2020

Thankyou the article was very informative. I had my spleen removed two years ago, and since have only had two flu vaccines. I seem to get colds more often, and my allergies are ten times worse than what they were.Other than that im doing ok.

Manoj Sharma
May 2, 2020

Thank you for very useful information for a person like me. Just to be sure, I want to ask further that my age is 53 years. My spleen was removed 25 years earlier, since I met accident and due to excess blood doctor have to remove it without any choice. Since the, I have been living normal life, except some bacterial infections time to time, for which I took medicine. But very worried now, as having no idea how my immune will responde to Covid. I will appreciate if you can clarify more and give me some guidance and tips to prevent myself.

Adam Fritch
April 29, 2020

Thank you for this article does not give me clear hope but it does shed some light into the questions and information I was seeking. Keep up the great work

Tracey white
April 28, 2020

Very interesting. I had my spleen removed after rupturing it 52 years ago and this is the best, to the point and easy to understand article I have read.

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