Asplenia is the absence of the spleen.
Isolated Congenital Asplenia (ICA) is a birth defect in which one of the following occurs:
There is no spleen
There is only part of a spleen
There is a spleen but it's non functioning
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Although rare, Isolated Congenital Asplenia is severely underdiagnosed as it's usually only discovered at autopsy after a child has suddenly died from sepsis.
To end childhood death from Isolated Congenital Asplenia, much more research is needed to learn about its cause, diagnosis and treatment.
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