INVESTIGATION

SPLEEN

     Today, when I attended my microbiology class, I learned a lot of things. One thing struck me in particular. My professor asked a question about the function of the spleen. I had no idea what it did. I knew that it is somewhere in our body, but that was the only information I knew about it. This led me to investigate the location and the detail function of the spleen.

It is an organ which is located in the upper far left part of the abdomen and its commonly fist shaped, purple and about 4 inches long. Most of us think the spleen has less role in our body, but the spleen has many important functions just like any other organ.

The function of the spleen includes: filtration of the blood as part of the immune system, recycling old red blood cells, storage site for platelets and white blood cells are stored there. Another function of the spleen is that, it helps fight certain kinds of bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis.

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