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why is it dangerous to have an enlarged spleen

A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jon Krook
Dr. Jon Krook answered
23 years experience General Surgery
It can rupture: It can rupture causing internal bleeding that can only be stopped with either surgery or a radiologic procedure. It can also cause early satiety (get ... Read More
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Dr. David Fertel
34 years experience Vascular Surgery
It can rupture: An enlarged spleen is more likely to rupture.

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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: Your body has quite a tolerance when it comes to illness & it would let you know if it didn't like sleeping on your belly by not allowing it. I'd avoi ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Mohammad Ashori
15 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Yes, it's safe as long as the doctor is aware of this and so can navigate the scope around it.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
That would be: A very vigorous massage. Treat yourself -- it should be fine.
A female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: The exposure to avoid includes risk of trauma as might be from falling from a horse, bicycle, or traumatic tackle in a soccer/football game. You can ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dominic Riganotti
24 years experience Infectious Disease
Splenomegaly: The danger of an enlarged spleen is rupture either spontaneously or with trauma. There are varying degrees. The underlying cause needs to be elucida ... Read More
A 30-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 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Something is wrong: Many internal disorders can cause your spleen to enlarge. Some common conditions include cirrhosis of the liver and blood disorders like chronic leuke ... Read More
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A 24-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 member asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Enlarged spleen: It needs to be at least 3 times as much it's size to stick out the way you described, then you would have other symptoms not just spleen felt, if you ... Read More

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