No spleen and alcohol

 

No spleen and alcohol

 

Excessive alcohol consumption is a dangerous toxin for your hematological system, which includes the blood, bone marrow, liver and spleen.

 

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What is the spleen?

What does alcohol do to your spleen?

 

If drinking alcohol is an unavoidable part of your daily life, be aware that splenic dysfunction can be waiting for you.

No spleen and alcohol

 

 

What is the spleen?

The spleen is a member of our body's hematopoietic and immune system, which is located below the ribs and on the upper left side of the abdomen.

In our childhood, the spleen makes blood, and in adulthood it is responsible for storing blood and purifying the blood from old and dead cells, as well as strengthening the immune system against some bacteria. Your spleen will be the size of your closed fist.

 

 

What does alcohol do to your spleen?

 

No spleen and alcohol

 

Studies have shown that People who suffer from liver disease and disorders following alcoholism (alcoholic liver disease); their splenic function is severely reduced (sever hyposplenism), In addition, it seems that alcohol itself can cause serious disorders in spleen function without intermediaries, Although more studies are needed, spleen damage may be related to both consumption and duration of alcohol use.

 

We said that one of the functions of your spleen is to clear old and abnormal blood cells from your bloodstream. Doctors also call the spleen a graveyard of old and defective red blood cells. Following the consumption of alcohol, an abnormally shaped red blood cell is formed. This red blood cell is called a pitted RBC.

In alcoholics, the percentage of these pitted RBCs clearly increases; these defective forms must be cleared of blood by the spleen.

 

Further research is needed to prove that these cells are the result of a mild alcohol-induced hyposplanemia or that they are merely a modification of the RBCs diet.

 

If your spleen is surgically removed (splenectomy) due to a disorder such as sickle cell crisis or ITP or injuries and accidents, you are more likely to develop some bacterial infections and your recovery will take longer.

Of course, we will be given vaccines to prevent and reduce the severity of these infections, which can sometimes be very dangerous.

Doctors have some disagreements about alcohol consumption in people without spleen.

Usually a person who does not have a spleen after a splenectomy, does not need to follow a special diet, but doctors have a different opinion about alcohol.

Some say that it is not necessary to observe restrictions on drinking alcohol, and in contrast, there are some who justify the moderate consumption of alcohol.

Therefore, if you do not have a spleen, it is best to ask your doctor for advice on continuing to drink alcohol or possible changes.

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