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Have enlarged spleen and gallstones...Horrible stomach and back pain. Loss of appetite, eating makes the pain worse. Stomach cramps and greasy stools?

Have enlarged spleen and gallstones...Horrible stomach and back pain. Loss of appetite, eating makes the pain worse. Stomach cramps and greasy stools?

See a surgeon: The first thing one thinks of is gallbladder but more info is needed. Your spleen may or may not have anything to do with your symptoms. Do you have other illnesses? > anemia? Have you seen an md? Have you had any surgery before? The majority of your symptoms may benefit from removal of your gallbladder but the spleen should be worked-up. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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I have mildly enlarged spleen. Blood work came back ok, but im still having pain. More uncomfortable everyday. What could be the cause?

I have mildly enlarged spleen. Blood work came back ok, but im still having pain. More uncomfortable everyday. What could be the cause?

Splenomegaly: This can be due to numerous conditions, not all diagnosed simply by routine testing. Infectious mononucleosis and syndromes simulating this are common causes of splenic enlargement, as are a variety of hematological malignancies. Hopefully you are being seen and evaluated by a thoughtful pcp who can refer you elsewhere if necessary. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can enlarged spleen cause pain in shoulder&back? What is best way to relieve this? Alternate advil/tylenol no longer working. Waiting for appt w/speclst

Can enlarged spleen cause pain in shoulder&back? What is best way to relieve this? Alternate advil/tylenol no longer working. Waiting for appt w/speclst

Check with your Doc: Tylenol (acetaminophen) can be harmful for your liver and Ibuprofen can increase your risk of bleeding. There are other safer options for pain control for your situation but those are prescription medications. ...Read more

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Would 2 nights of heavy drinking cause an enlarged spleen? If the liver is perfectly healthy? If so would it go back to normal not drinking alcohol?

Would 2 nights of heavy drinking cause an enlarged spleen? If the liver is perfectly healthy? If so would it go back to normal not drinking alcohol?

No: And am not sure how you know your spleen is enlarged. If you had some kind of scan or ultrasound, you need to be asking the doctor who ordered that test. The spleen does not enlarge in alcohol-related disease until the liver is very very sick (cirrhosis). Many things can cause splenic enlargement, and only your physician can figure it out with full history, examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more

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Have enlarged spleen&liver;low liver enzymes;hypocholesterolemia;pain in left shoulder front&back;extreme fatigue. Could liver disease cause this?

Have enlarged spleen&liver;low liver enzymes;hypocholesterolemia;pain in left shoulder front&back;extreme fatigue. Could liver disease cause this?

Serious: You should see your doctor asap. You are describing something serious, liver is mafunctioning secondary to something else. Pain in the shoulder is radiating there from something in the abdomen. Any weight loss, night sweats? You need an abdominal ct and blood tests. ...Read more

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Can u see a enlarged spleen lying on your back?

Can u see a enlarged spleen lying on your back?

Usually not: Enlarged spleens peek out from below the rib arch on the left, but won't protrude upward. Even if the abdomen is sunken in and fully relaxed, most people have enough fat and/or ab muscle to prevent it from being visible even when it is easily felt. A very large spleen (gaucher's, schistosomiasis, malaria) might be seen as an asymmetry in the upper left quadrant. ...Read more

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Can an enlarged spleen cause chest pain?

Can an enlarged spleen cause chest pain?

Enlarged spleen: Sometimes discomfort on the left side of the chest accompanies splenic enlargement. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged spleen? Do not have mono.

What causes an enlarged spleen? Do not have mono.

SPLENOMEGALY: CAUSES: Many: though not that common. Typhoid, septicemia, abscess/cyst in spleen, some viral infection, malaria, toxoplasma infection; hemolytic anemias- e.g. Thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, hereditary spherocytosis; lymphoma, leukemia; some metabolic diseases; liver cirrhosis with portal vein hypertension; sarcoidosis; rheumatoid arthritis.
Sound scary, if feeling too sick, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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What causes high red boold cell count and an enlarged spleen?

What causes high red boold cell count and an enlarged spleen?

It could be blood di: Blood disorders of different types are a frequent cause of enlarged spleen. A high blood (wbc) count can be due to chronic blood disorders like chronic leukemia. You need to consult a hematologist or oncologist to help you further define what is wrong and guide treatment for it. ...Read more

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What could be the possible cause to having an enlarged spleen and kidneys?

What could be the possible cause to having an enlarged spleen and kidneys?

Here are....: Enlarged spleen may result from: infections of viral, bacterial, parasitic origins; blood cancers; liver cirrhosis; hemolytic anemia, certain metabolic disorders, etc. And enlarged kidneys may be temporary by ureteral & renal venous obstruction, and by inflammation/infection, or progressive by inherent renal cysts &/or tumors, or by metastatic tumors, etc. Ask specific & personally pertinent Q! ...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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Would an enlarged spleen be visible in a lumbar MRI?

Would an enlarged spleen be visible in a lumbar MRI?

Unlikely: As a MRI is like pointing a camera and focusing in on a certain region to take a "picture" and a spleen may not be within that focused area ...Read more

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Could alcohol be the cause of my enlarged spleen?

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

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Can an enlarged spleen cause chronic hyperventilation?

Can an enlarged spleen cause chronic hyperventilation?

Enlarged spleen: An enlarged spleen may lead to hyperventilation from the enlarged organ causing pressure and pain in the abdomen.
The spleen may also cause increased cellular destruction and decreased oxygen carrying capacity which may also lead to hyperventilation. ...Read more

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Can beta thalasemia minor cause a slightly enlarged spleen?

Can beta thalasemia minor cause a slightly enlarged spleen?

How slightly?: Is the spleen palpable? If so, it is more than slightly enlarged and beta thalassemia minor is not a likely cause.
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Enlarged Spleen (Definition)

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