is an organ in the upper far left part of the abdomen, to the left of the stomach. The spleen
varies in size and shape between people, but it’s commonly fist-shaped, purple, and about 4 inches long. Because the spleen
is protected by the rib cage, you can’t easily feel it unless it’s abnormally enlarged.
plays multiple supporting roles in the body. It acts as a filter for blood as part of the immune system. Old red blood cells
are recycled in the spleen, and platelets and white blood cells
are stored there. The spleen
also helps fight certain kinds of bacteria that cause pneumonia
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