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what exactly does it mean to have an enlarged spleen?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
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 leukemias of different types can be the cause. You should seek consultation with a blood specialist to examine you and investigate the cause.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Is having an enlarged spleen is always associated with other diseases?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Most of the time: "hypersplenism" or enlarged spleen is a normal reaction by the spleen as it act as a filter for blood cells, bacteria, viruses; cirrhosis also gives rise to enlarged spleen due to portal congestion. Lymphoid cancers may occur in the spleen itself, causing enlargement. Another direct cause from spleen itself is an abscess due to infection or recent trauma.
A 27-year-old member asked:

Is there a quick cure for an enlarged spleen?

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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
quick doesn't equal: better. You would need a comprehensive work up
A 23-year-old member asked:

Why is it dangerous to have an enlarged spleen?

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Dr. Jon Krook
Dr. Jon Krook answered
General Surgery 24 years experience
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 (getting full quickly after eating), and pain.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Can a person feel enlarged spleen symptoms?

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Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Maybe: There are many conditions associated with an enlarged spleen. Depends on the underlying pathology, splenomegaly are sometimes discovered by accident in asymptomatic patients while other times associated with a multitude of symptoms such as malaise, abdominal swelling, pain, easy bruising... If in doubt, see your doctor.
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A 61-year-old female asked:

Treatment for enlarged spleeen?

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Dr. Jason Sample
General Surgery 24 years experience
Depends on cause: An enlarged spleen, splenomegaly, can have many causes. Once the cause is understood, then we could consider treatments. Splenomegaly on its own is not necessarily dangerous (unless the spleen is very large). You would need a complete blood count and a careful history and physical gefore treatments could be discussed. One treatment would be splenectomy (removal of the spleen).

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