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when comparing the blood smears of patients with intact spleens to those of patients without spleens, the blood smears of patients without spleens will likely reveal?
a) many more fragile and old erythrocytes, b) many more lymphocytes and monocytes; c) many more bacteria, d) less red blood cells

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    The spleen serves to filter out old erythrocytes and bad bateria, so after a splenectomy, both a) and c) are likely to happen, in addition to increased platelets (thrombocytosis) for about two weeks, which increases the risk of dangerous blood clots.


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