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Spleen anatomy

Spleen anatomy

Overview

The spleen is an organ that filters the blood, stores blood cells, removes old red blood cells, and produces certain white blood cells.

Update Date 8/9/2015

Updated by: Laura J. Martin, MD, MPH, ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.