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Spleen Australia

Where is the spleen and what does it do?

The spleen is the size of a small fist and is situated on the left hand side of the body tucked under the ribs. Its main role is to help the body combat some specific and occasionally severe infections. If a person has had their spleen removed or have been born without a spleen (asplenia) or been diagnosed with a spleen that is not working (hyposplenism) then this person has an increased lifelong risk of bacterial infections.

Why is there a spleen service?

It is well known that people without a spleen (asplenia) or who have a non-functioning spleen (hyposplenism) are at an increased lifelong risk of some bacterial infections. We aim to help you reduce the occurrence of these infections as, which although rare, can become very serious and life threatening. The bacteria that most commonly cause problems are pneumococcus, meningococcus and Haemophilus influenzae. In 2003 Spleen Australia received funding to develop an education and medical package to help people who do not have a functioning spleen manage their health better.

Spleen Australia is inviting people who live in Victoria, Tasmania or Queensland with asplenia or hyposplenism to participate in this clinical registry.

Who has funded this Service?

Victoria: Alfred Health; Department of Infectious Diseases, The Alfred; Department of Health, Victoria; research grants; and the Syn and Ann Wellard Perpetual Trust and The Marian E H Flack Trust

Tasmania: Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania

Queensland: Queensland Health