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Help please? I've got a large spleen and high WBC what could be wrong?

Help please? I've got a large spleen and high WBC what could be wrong?

Doctor: You definitely need to consult your physician or a hematologist. Even though the signs you report are not highly specific, they are worrisome and may be associated with serious disease including infections but also leukemia. Please consult with your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Large Spleen (Definition)

Large spleen = Splenomegaly. This may be due to a variety of conditions (blood disorders, infections or cancer). Here is a good Mayo Clinic article on ...Read more


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What is considered a large spleen?

What is considered a large spleen?

Large spleen: Generally the spleen is 7-14cm in size. Greater than 14cm is considered large. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Large spleen?

What is the definition or description of: Large spleen?

Large spleen: Large spleen = Splenomegaly. This may be due to a variety of conditions (blood disorders, infections or cancer). Here is a good Mayo Clinic article on splenomegaly: http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/enlarged-spleen/home/ovc-20212739 ...Read more

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What blood rest detects large spleen?

What blood rest detects large spleen?

No blood test: Only physical examination and imaging studies such as ultrasound or ct could diagnose an enlarged spleen. ...Read more

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Help please? I've got a large spleen and high WBC what could be wrong?

Doctor: You definitely need to consult your physician or a hematologist. Even though the signs you report are not highly specific, they are worrisome and may be associated with serious disease including infections but also leukemia. Please consult with your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Does a low hemoglobin and hematocrit means you have a large spleen my my hbg was Range 11.3 11.5-15.0and my hematocrit was 34.6 Range36.0-50.0?

Does a low hemoglobin and hematocrit means you have a large spleen my my hbg was Range 11.3 11.5-15.0and my hematocrit was 34.6 Range36.0-50.0?

Many causes for it: Low Hemoglobin (Hb) commonly known as Anemia can be caused by many different reasons....enlarged spleen is present in some such conditions but it is uncommon, as most anemia is from blood loss or from deficiency of iron. You need a good doctor to investigate the cause and inform you about it so that you do not have to keep running to different doctors. ...Read more

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Pin sign red spots just a few. In large spleen. Very tired night sweats and feeling hot most of the time what can be wrong with me.

Several posibilities: My major worry would be that you have infective endocarditis, which could be life-threatening. Very strongly suggest that you consult with an infectious diseases expert asap. Please do not delay. There are other things this could be, none of them very good to have. Please go and get taken care of as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Is it possible the reason for my large spleen and too many lymphnodes be due to cancer? When I got the results from CT it said its a possibility

Is it possible the reason for my large spleen and too many lymphnodes be due to cancer? When I got the results from CT it said its a possibility

See a physician: It sounds like you already have, I will advise you follow up with your physician and specialist as advised as maybes will make you more anxious. Its better to stick to a defined follow up regimen. ...Read more

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I have a large spleen, too many lymph-nodes in the abdomen, an IgA deficiency, bruise without hitting anything, weakness, body aches&pains, what is this?

I have a large spleen, too many lymph-nodes in the abdomen, an IgA deficiency, bruise without hitting anything, weakness, body aches&pains, what is this?

IGA deficiency: IGA deficiency means you need an immunologist, at least. Large spleen and nodes can be a symptom of IGA issues. However spleens can get large enough to cause platelet problems and bruising. Additional exam and testing are needed. ...Read more

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Is it possible for gallbladder disease to make my spleen large?

Is it possible for gallbladder disease to make my spleen large?

No: It is extremely unlikely for splenic enlargement to be related to gallbladder disease. In very rare events, such as long term bile duct obstruction from gallbladder disease, it could happen. Bile duct obstruction could cause liver damage which could cause portal hypertension which would cause splenic enlargement. Once again, this would be extremely rare. ...Read more

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Can Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma ever present with recurrent, interrmitent splenomegaly, where spleen is large may times, and other times normal?

Can Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma ever present with recurrent, interrmitent splenomegaly, where spleen is large may times, and other times normal?

No.: The spleen doesn't fluctuate in size like that, but I have seen the skill of various physicians differ significantly, so that an hour after a colleague feels no splenomegaly, I feel significant splenomegaly. ...Read more

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I have too much extra copper in my body. Because of that my liver and spleen are large. What are my options.....?

I have too much extra copper in my body. Because of that my liver and spleen are large. What are my options.....?

Wilson's disease: There are chelating therapy available.....being young....your chances are better..... oral penicillamine with pyridoxine, indefinitely. Alternately, trientine. Oral zinc interferes with copper absorption in gut. It is an autosomal recessive, watch with whom you shire a child....... ...Read more

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Does a cyst on the spleen cause people to eat a lot. How do you know if the cyst is large or small?

Does a cyst on the spleen cause people to eat a lot. How do you know if the cyst is large or small?

No, need tests: A simple cyst in the spleen is usually without symptoms. If it does cause symptoms it would be pain, or cause a lack of appetite. The spleen can be seen and evaluated by ultrasound, or ct scan or mri. Any of those test will be able to measure the size of the cyst. ...Read more

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Cyst on spleen does a cyst on the spleen cause you to eat a lot. How do you know if the cyst is small or large?

No: A cyst on the spleen will not affect your appetite. However the cyst was diagnosed, ct or sonogram, there should be some measurement of the cyst. Do not be concerned, as congenital cysts of the spleen, liver, and/or kidneys are not uncommon. Your primary doctor can answer any other questions at your next visit. Good luck. ...Read more

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How big is the spleen?

How big is the spleen?

For Adults: It could be 12 cm (females) or 13 cm (males) or less for normal size of spleen. ...Read more

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Since at least the end of june my spleen is still enlarged it was 14cm and I just had another u/s that measured it at 14 too. Why would it still b big?

Since at least the end of june my spleen is still enlarged it was 14cm and I just had another u/s that measured it at 14 too. Why would it still b big?

Splenomegaly: I would not be concerned about spleen measuring 14 cm which is minimally enlarged without any worsening and no other symptoms. It's hard to explain why it measures so on the ultrasound without further history and physical exam. If that's the only abnormality, I would recommend no further action. ...Read more

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I have mono and my spleen is enlarged. Can it get larger overtime?

I have mono and my spleen is enlarged. Can it get larger overtime?

Not likely: The splenic enlargement due to mono should subside in a matter of weeks. In the meantime avoid activities that may risk trauma to the abdomen in general and spleen in particular. If the enlargement has not subsided in three months, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have mono and my spleen is enlarged but not my liver. Can my liver it get larger overtime?

I have mono and my spleen is enlarged but not my liver. Can my liver it get larger overtime?

Not usually: Occasionally you can get hepatitis in association with epstein barr virus infection (infectious mononucleosis) but the liver is seldom enlarged even with this. ...Read more

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How does the mono virus make the spleen or liver larger?

How does the mono virus make the spleen or liver larger?

Overactivity: Mono virus induces all lymph organs to be overactive. Lymph organs produce cells to fight infection. The spleen and liver contains a lot of lymph tissues. ...Read more

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My husband has a very large splenic infarction caused when they had to embolize his splenic artery. Does his spleen need to be removed?

My husband has a very large splenic infarction caused when they had to embolize his splenic artery. Does his spleen need to be removed?

Not necessarily: Is he having a lot of pain? Is the original issue that required arterial embolization still active? How much of the vascular arcade was embolized? It is in your husband's best interest to keep in touch with the doc who performed the procedure. ...Read more

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Please help!! If my spleen was big enough to hurt& be felt would I have other symptoms? 13cm 1 mo ago on CT. So scared, GI not worried. Feel fine.

Likely normal: Splenomegaly is a term which refers to enlargement of the spleen. The normal adult splenic length upper limit is usually around 12-15 cm. If all your blood tests and physical exam are normal you should be fine. ...Read more

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I had a CT in dec showed enlarged spleen, had another this week & the spleen is now even larger. Appt w/dr not for 3wks. Feeling bad. What can I do?

Depends: I hope you will be able to find help soon. Is this perceived delay in doctor appointment due to insurance arrangments? If not, can you see another doctor? Have you had any blood work done? Do you have symptoms such as pain or bruising that may require urgent care that may necessitate a visit to the er. If you can't wait, I would suggest to call your doctor and ask for a quicker referral/appt. ...Read more

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My surgeon says my spleen needs to come out, I saw an infectious disease dr and he said it can stay. Which should I do it is a large calcification?

Primary Care Doctor: Hi

this is one of the most important reasons that one should have a primary care provider...One who can help you sort out your full health care; one who can explain how differing medical strategies may be both right; one who can help you get a second opinion if warranted.

It sounds like you need a wise advisor to help you sort this out. ...Read more

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I have a bump under my left rib cage where spleen is. It's pretty large. The doctor thinks I have mono. Is it normal to see the swollen spleen?

I have a bump under my left rib cage where spleen is. It's pretty large. The doctor thinks I have mono. Is it normal to see the swollen spleen?

Confusing question: If you can feel a bulge under your left rib cage it could be a swollen spleen. You would usually never feel one as it is usually tucked down close to the kidney and deep in the abdomen. Mono has many symptoms and a swollen spleen is one of them. You should avoid any physical activity that could increase the risk of trauma to the spleen (horseriding, bicycle riding etc.). ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more