What is the prognosis (outlook) for someone who has undergone an emergency splenectomy?

Once the spleen is removed, or has healed, most people can live a normal life. After removal, other organs, including the liver, will take over the functions of the spleen. However, patients who have undergone a splenectomy are at an increased risk of developing infections and must take precautions, such as staying up to date on the recommended immunizations, including a yearly flu shot.

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