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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   Hi, I have a quick question
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   please go ahead with it
User :   I was born with a genetic blood disorder called spherocytosis. when I was eleven they removed my spleen.
User :   Does not having a spleen affect your ability to have a fever?
User :   Because since then I have been sick, had colds and such, but I have never had a fever
Doctor :   u mean to say u had spleenectomy
User :   correct
Doctor :   Following splenectomy you will be at increased risk of infection for the rest of your life
Doctor :   degree of risk can be greatly reduced by ensuring that you are protected against some specific diseases
User :   yes, they did mention that, because your spleen is part of your immune system.
Doctor :   u must have being given vaccine against the bacteria called pneumococcus
Doctor :   yes
User :   but does it help your body to know that it needs to increase its temperature?

User :   if you do get an infection of some kind
Doctor :   colds can be due to viral infection as well
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