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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Technical Tuesday Spleen

Technical Tuesday Spleen

The spleen is the largest organ in the lymphatic system. It is about five inches long and shaped like a shoe. It sits between the fundus of the stomach and the diaphragm and is connected to the left kidney by a single small ligament.

The spleen is terribly unappreciated. It filters blood to control the production and quality of red blood cells and is a powerful infection fighter. Only recently (2009) did researchers find out that the spleen has a cache of immune cells called monocytes. These important cells are sent into the blood stream to fight infection and/or trauma.

Unfortunately, the location of the spleen leaves it vulnerable to rupture – in a car accident, for example. If this happens it must be immediately removed. But the good thing is, you can live without this organ, although you may be more susceptible to infection.

Back in medieval times, it was believed that the spleen (from the Latin, splen) was the source of “morose feelings and bad temper”. The word is still defined in some dictionaries today as “feelings of ill-will or anger, often suppressed".

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Anatomical Secret #27hhh:
“The spleen is the largest organ in the lymphatic system.”

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