The spleen is an organ in the upper left side of the abdomen. It
filters the blood by removing old or damaged blood cells and platelets. It also
helps the immune system by destroying bacteria and other foreign substances.
The spleen holds extra blood that can be released into the circulatory system
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerElizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Elizabeth T. Russo, MD - Internal Medicine
PeaceHealth endeavors to provide comprehensive health care information, however some topics in this database describe services and procedures not offered by our providers or within our facilities because they do not comply with, nor are they condoned by, the ethics policies of our organization.