Circulating immune complexes were evaluated in 25 patients (age range 10 to 46 years) who had undergone splenectomy for non-malignant conditions by studying a polyethylene glycol insoluble serum fraction. Although the extent of binding to Clq was within normal limits, these patients had increased concentrations of factor B in the immune complex serum fraction. These findings indicate that an unusual type of circulating immune complex may be detected after splenectomy, suggesting a possible role for the spleen in the removal of circulating immune complexes.
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