Dr Oz said that the Spleen is an organ that we once thought had no purpose, but we now realize that this part of our body has a crucial lifesaving role. Doctor Oz said he is completely fascinated by the spleen, because lots of cool things happen in your Spleen. Plus, learn the number one way to protect your Spleen: a seat belt!
Dr Oz: Spleen is a Lymph Node
Dr Oz showed his assistant-of-the-day – Debbie from seat 75 a Spleen and she said it looks like a mushroom and is very tough. Dr Oz said that the Spleen is actually a massive lymph node that changes the way that your immune system functions. Your Spleen is located near your liver, which is on the right side, but your spleen is on the left side of your body. Your Spleen filters all of your blood and maintains a healthy red blood cell and white blood cell function. In fact, the Spleen is the most vascular organ in your body.
Dr Oz: How Many Gallons of Blood Go Through Your Spleen?
Dr Oz said that 95 gallons of blood pass through your Spleen every single day – that is A LOT of blood! Why does your spleen suck up so much of the blood? Because the Spleen serves as a reservoir for immune cells:
Dr Oz: Monocytes & Spleen
Dr Oz said that when you have an infection or bacteria in your body, your immune system makes Monocytes that go through your body to clean up the bacteria or virus. Your Spleen releases these Monocytes that attatch onto the bacteria or viruses to remove them from your system. This is one of the ways that your body defends itself. In fact, Dr Oz said that people who have their spleen removed have an earlier incidence of death because their immune system cannot make as many Monocytes.
Dr Oz: Injured Spleen
Dr Oz said that when your Spleen gets injured, it often becomes enlarged. What causes your Spleen to get enlarged? It can be caused by things including liver issues, blood cancer, and even mononucleosis.
Dr Oz: Enlarged Spleen Symptoms
Dr Oz said that the following are symptoms of an Enlarged Spleen: