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Anatomy, Embryology, Histology and Physiology of the Spleen

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Medical Imaging of the Spleen

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The spleen is the largest lymphoid organ in the body and is interposed within the circulatory system. The spleen has multiple functions in the human body:

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    It clears the circulation of micro-organisms, par- ticulate antigens and other foreign material.

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    It makes the majority of antibodies and enhances cellular immunity to antigens.

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    It removes normal and abnormal blood cells from the circulation.

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    It plays an important role in extramedullary haematopoiesis.

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Stevens, W.J., Bortier, H., Van Meir, F. (2000). Anatomy, Embryology, Histology and Physiology of the Spleen. In: De Schepper, A.M., Vanhoenacker, F. (eds) Medical Imaging of the Spleen. Medical Radiology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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