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Hi my daughter's spleen has stopped working. She has sharp pain the the middle of where the rib cages meet(not at all where the spleen is.)She has a high white blood cell count. Do you know what might cause a spleen to working. She is 28 and is otherwise great health,non smoker and no drugs either. They have her on morphine and graval,also hooked up to an IV bag as she is not eating. No blood problems in the family history. She is a vegetarian so she may be low in iron. The hospital is at a loss for what to treat her for but ill next do a CT. They have done multiple blood works but nothing yet. Thank you for reading this and hope that you know something about why her spleen has stopped working. Larry


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replied June 24th, 2014
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Epigastric pains are usually associated with stomach issues like gastritis and hepatobiliary issues like gallbladder infection and pancreatic infection.Rest assured, spleen is not a vital organ.one can survive with out it. And there is not much of a spleen job than protection from germs specially encapsulated organisms and breaking old cells by filtering the blood. Never heard the term before of spleen losing its function as it never does. We doctors get rid of spleen when there are hemolysis issues. I suggest work up on hepatobiliary profile and for gastritis. Start her on Proton pump inhibitors and antispasmodics meanwhile and see if it helps.
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