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What Organs Can We Live Without ?
« on: 26/09/2012 02:00:49 »
Appendix ? Gallbladder ?..Spleen ?......Tonsils ?


We can live without these organs yes ?

What other non vital organs can we live without ?



 

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Re: What Organs Can We Live Without ?
« Reply #1 on: 26/09/2012 04:00:44 »
It depends on what you mean "live without".
I believe one can remove the thymus, which would be similar in immunologic function to the spleen and appendix.

Half the population is quite happy to live without testicles...  and the other half seems to live without ovaries. 

You might add half of the kidneys to your list.
And, if you don't mind being plugged into a machine 3 times a week, one could live without both kidneys.

There are people who have a total colectomy.  Of course, it is not without its downsides, but it is an option for some patients with ulcerative colitis.

The Uterus is important for child bearing, but not vital post-child bearing years.

Some organs such as the pancreas, thyroid, or parathyroid might require hormone replacement therapy if removed.

Some organs such as the eyes would be non-lethal to remove, but would involve serious loss of function.
 

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Re: What Organs Can We Live Without ?
« Reply #2 on: 26/09/2012 11:34:12 »
Thanks Clifford..yes, I should have been specific in my question. Non-vital organs that ordinarily would NOT have an overly drastic effect upon a "fully organ'd" person. I would not include eyes as this removes a complete sense.

 

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