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What is the connection between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

What is the connection between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

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 (a process referred to as hemolysis). This causes different levels of anemia and an enlarged spleen. Often jaundice can be seen as well. ...Read more

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What is the connection between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

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 (a process referred to as hemolysis). This causes different levels of anemia and an enlarged spleen. Often jaundice can be seen as well. ...Read more

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What to do if I have all the symptoms of enlarged spleen except anemia?

What to do if I have all the symptoms of enlarged spleen except anemia?

How do you know?: Enlarged spleen is rather a professional diagnosis, unless your spleen is 3 or 4 times its original size, then you would be sick enough and be under medical care. Kindly see your doctor for assessment have a second opinion if you aren't satisfied, but try not to assume, goodluck ...Read more

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Please help! what is the relation between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

Many things: The cause of the anemia and the cause of the enlarged spleen may be related or possibly may not. Anemia may be specifically related to iron deficiency or other deficiency or bleeding or breakup of blood cells. Enlarged spleen may be related to a viral process or perhaps a more serious disorder. Regardless, you must be seen by a hematologist and evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more

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What should I do if I have all the symptoms of enlarged spleen except anemia?

See details: What symptoms are you actually attributing to an enlarged spleen? If you are concerned, have a doctor evaluate the issue. ...Read more

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What is the relationship between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

What is the relationship between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

Sequestration: Sometimes the body inappropriately starts chewing up your blood cells. The blood gets filtered in the spleen. The chewed up blood cells "clog the filter" in the spleen and the spleen gets enlarged. ...Read more

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Blood showed severe iron def no anemia;taking 65mg iron 3x a day for month.Ferritin only up to 26.2 in this weeks test.Have enlarged spleen.What cause?

Blood showed severe iron def no anemia;taking 65mg iron 3x a day for month.Ferritin only up to 26.2 in this weeks test.Have enlarged spleen.What cause?

More info is needed: Severe iron deficiency needs to be explained---poor nutrition, menstrual blood loss, blood in stool--to clarify these issues is critical--the explanation for enlarged spleen may be as simple as a viral process or it could be significantly more of an issue. Your doctor needs to do some evaluations. Good luck.--or see an hematologist. ...Read more

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CT showed splenomegaly. Blood work had high RDW, low creatinine, and low MCH (anemia?); other CBC normal. How could anemia be related to spleen?

CT showed splenomegaly. Blood work had high RDW, low creatinine, and low MCH (anemia?); other CBC normal. How could anemia be related to spleen?

Splenomegaly: It isn't clear from what you say whether your hemoglobin itself is truly abnormal or whether just the RDW and MCH are altered. These in themselves do not define anemia. A large spleen may be related to trapping altered red cells, or actually making more blood (extramedullary hemopoiesis.) Often a high RDW means that there is increased production of immature red cells after destruction in spleen ...Read more

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Enlarged spleen-what could it mean?

Several Things: The list is fairly long. An enlarged spleen (splenomegaly) can be caused by many things. Patients with cirrhosis can develop splenomegaly. Certain cancers - such as lymphoma, myelodysplastic disease, etc.. Infections (mononucleosis, parasites, TB). You should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Could a ugi determine a enlarged spleen ?

Not usually: An UGI may incidentally note something pressing on the left side of the stomach and raise the suspicion of an enlarged spleen. A ct scan or abdominal ultrasound would be able to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best thing for enlarged spleen?

Make a diagnosis: That depends on why your spleen is enlarged. You need to find out. ...Read more

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What could probable causes of my enlarged spleen?

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. ...Read more

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Is having an enlarged spleen contagious?

NO: Having an enlarged spleen has numerous causes. Some are due to infectious diseases but the enlarged spleen is a symptom of a disease process and is not contagious. ...Read more

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What could cause an enlarged spleen and a fatty liver?

What could cause an enlarged spleen and a fatty liver?

Long standing: Fatty liver can lead to cirrhosis, and the associated portal hypertension can produce splenomegaly. ...Read more

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How is an enlarged spleen different from a fatty liver?

How is an enlarged spleen different from a fatty liver?

Different organs: A fatty liver is a condition where excess fat cells build up in the liver and can negatively affect the function of the liver. In bad cases it can sometimes cause a type of cirrhosis. An enlarged spleen can be caused by significant liver damage from a variety of causes, or an enlarged spleen can be caused purely from spleen or blood disorders. ...Read more

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Can an enlarged spleen cause heartburn when laying down?

Can an enlarged spleen cause heartburn when laying down?

Not likely . . .: More likely than not, an enlarged spleen has nothing to do w/heartburn symptoms which are very common when lying down, especially after a large meal. So avoid large meals, avoid laying down soon after eating, consider over-the-counter heartburn medications, and chat w/your family doc about other options. ...Read more

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Will it hurt to take a bath if I have an enlarged spleen?

Will it hurt to take a bath if I have an enlarged spleen?

It shouldn't : Enlarged spleens can rupture so it is very important to treat them gingerly. Baths are okay but try not to make sudden movements or engage in strenuous activity. ...Read more

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Borderline enlarged spleen, the doctor says baby is fine.?

Borderline enlarged spleen, the doctor says baby is fine.?

Borderline??: If the doctor can feel the spleen it strongly suggests that it is enlarged and therefore abnormal. ...Read more

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