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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Depends: It depends on how big it is... If it is big enough for you to feel... You need to see a doctor and avoid any activities that may put you at risk for r ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
See your doctor: It is important to determine the cause of the abnormality. Enlargement of both liver and spleen is not a trivial matter. Please see your doctor for ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Alcohol: There are many causes of enlarged liver and spleen, however, the most common thing people do intentionally that causes this abnormality is drink exces ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Enlarged spleen: Most people don't know they have an enlarged spleen because symptoms are rare. People usually find out about it during a physical exam. These are the ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends on cause.: Pain rt upper abdomen, gen.Weakness and fatigue as liver is the metabolic factory of body involved in biochemical reactions involving carbos, proteins ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Inflammed appendix: Sometimes the pain from an inflamed appendix can start around your naval. The pain usually worsens over time and moves to mcburney's point which is in ... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Duane Gels
36 years experience Allergy and Immunology
You won't.: Someone's gotta check. That's the simplest method. It's part of a basic physical exam. Otherwise CT or MRI. Enlarged spleens aren't painful, but can r ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
You cannot always: If it is near the surface of the skin you can feel it with your fingers. If it is tender or painful this will guide you to the site. There are lymph ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Breast "bone"?: The breast is made up of soft tissue which includes glands and fat. The sternum is the bone in the center of your chest which connects the ribs. An " ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
31 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
See a doctor: The most important thing to do would be to see a doctor who will then try to find out the cause. This is not something to ignore in the hopes that it ... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Wrong organ: Solid organ biopsies are not "no-risk" procedures--so you would not just check while there. Most liver or spleen enlargements can be diagnosed by bloo ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Kern
42 years experience Endocrinology
Enlarged pituitary: You should see an endocrinologist to determine what is meant by "enlarged pituitary". Is it secreting hormones properly? Is there a tumor/adenoma? T ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Not always: Depends on blood loss.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Echo: Echo shows cardiac structure and function. It gives a lot of information about the heart. It is a basic test used in cardiologic evaluation and is ind ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Treatment lymphoma: you will need to be treated for your lymphoma. just like to other lymph nodes enlargement, the spleen will be back to normal size when the lymphoma r ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Piercing with Pus: The skin may be pink or red, warm & swollen. It may be tender to touch and may contain pus. Red streaking, fever or swollen lymph nodes means that thi ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Carlos Jesurun
47 years experience Neonatology
Fever: Infection is very rare-but fever and redness at any site with tenderness. Any yellow discharge would also be important. If you have doubts, your surg ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Here are...: I realize the digital rectal exam (DRE) is the most dreadful part of prostate exam. To ease the tension from DRE, do these: anticipate some discomfort ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
33 years experience General Surgery
(LeftUpper)Abdomen: Splenic trauma may cause internal bleeding within the abdominal cavity. Blood is an irritant to the lining of the abdomen, causing pain wherever the ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. Louis Gallia
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
See MD: Neck swelling is not normal. See your MD.
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Infection: Active infection causes fever and elevated white blood cell count. But if you have gall stones and pain, you probably some element of infection smolde ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ball
18 years experience Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Hemolysis: Enlarged spleen is usually seen in anemia whenthe rbc is fragile. Many disorders can cause this. Fragile rbcs can then be broken down in the spleen ... Read More
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