Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Spleen Injury Anatomy

To better understand spleen injury, it helps to understand the anatomy of the abdomen and spleen.

The spleen is located in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen, beneath the rib cage. The spleen is fragile and contains many blood vessels. The spleen removes old red blood cells from the bloodstream and produces white blood cells, which fight infection.

Anatomy examples:

  • Abdominal organs including the spleen
  • Chest and abdominal organs
  • Deep abdominal organs

Last Updated: Oct 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Spleen Injury References
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