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The spleen and its disorders

D. Swirsky

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.220404

Series: Oxford Textbooks

The spleen and its disorders

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The spleen is the single largest lymphoid organ in the body, performing important immune functions. Intrinsic disorders of the spleen are very rare: its importance in clinical practice relate to the causes of its enlargement, its hyperfunction (hypersplenism), acute rupture, and the consequences of its physical or physiological absence....

Chapter.  6856 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Haematology

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