Removal of Spleen

Question

Would you remove the spleen due to low platelette count?

Answer

I’m not sure this is a question for an Arthritis website. There are many causes of low platelet counts, but splenectomy is performed in patients with immune mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP) who do not respond to medications.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University