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What could probable causes of my enlarged spleen?

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Dr. Christian Schultheis
Hematology and Oncology 24 years experience
Many things: Could be normal, bone marrow problems, lymphoma, leukemia, blood clot, infections. Depends on how big. Any abnormal blood findings? Any weight loss. Hope this helps.

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What would cause a slightly enlarged spleen?

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The most common: Thing would be a viral infection.
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Could alcohol be the cause of my enlarged spleen?

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If you drink a lot: Only if you have cirrhosis of the liver. Moderate drinking will not cause an enlarged spleen.
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What causes a enlarged spleen?

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Dr. Daniel Conway
General Surgery 36 years experience
Many causes : The spleen's job is to take older or damaged blood cells out of circulation. Diseases that cause abnormal or disrupted cells, like thallesemias and hemolytic anemia cause enlargement to compensate for the increased work. Congestion due to cirrhosis/portal hypertension cause enlargement by limiting blood flow out of the spleen. Tumors especially lymphoma can grow in the spleen as well.
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Can an enlarged spleen cause chronic hyperventilation?

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Dr. Lea Danielsen
Family Medicine 32 years experience
No: I believe these two things would be entirely unrelated. "hypoventilation", then yes - anything that makes it hard to expand the diaphragm can cause people to take a less deep breath.

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