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Can your spleen grow back?

Can your spleen grow back?

It's happened!: One person in four has one or more miniature spleens. After therapeutic splenectomy, they regrow sometimes as big as the original, frustrating the surgeon -- or if the spleen is removed because of accidental injury, its good news. ...Read more

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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


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When you have spleenectomy can your spleen grow back to a normal spleen?

When you have spleenectomy can your spleen grow back to a normal spleen?

No. : The spleen will not regenerate following its removal. However, if the spleen is shattered, sometimes a small piece may remain in the abdominal cavity and develop a new blood supply. Also, some people are born with accessory spleens that can become more functional after splenectomy. ...Read more

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Does a spleen ever grow back after removal?

Does a spleen ever grow back after removal?

Yes: About one person in four has a miniature second spleen and this will enlarge if the main one is removed. This is common. Even if you think this has happened, you should still be immunized against pneumococcus and should remain vigilant against the bacteria to which you're extra-vulnerable -- get seen at once for any fever that's not obviously a mild viral illness. ...Read more

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If anyone has had their spleen grow back, how would you know it?

If anyone has had their spleen grow back, how would you know it?

Surprise! Surprise!: You'd get a return receipt requested letter from the spleen, informing you that it had risen from the field of retained splenic tissue if most of it had been removed surgically-maybe with a footnote attached from any hidden teeny weeny accessory spleens that took over for BigDaddy. Oh, sorry,I meant a letter about the Ultrasound or CT test that found it/them inadvertently when taken for other reasons ...Read more

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Normal spleen, can it grow back from having a spleenectomy?

Normal spleen, can it grow back from having a spleenectomy?

No: Very rarely, if the spleen is injured and some spleen tissue implants elsewhere in the abdomen. This is very rare though, usually the spleen is gone for good. ...Read more

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When a spleen is rupture can it grow back and become a normal spleen?

When a spleen is rupture can it grow back and become a normal spleen?

Need more info: Was the spleen removed with surgery or did the ruptured spleen heal on its own? If removed it will not grow back, but small chance if there were any pieces of residual spleen that small pieces may grow. If the spleen ruptured & healed on its own then there is no change to the spleen. ...Read more

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Can a spleen grow back from a rupture spleen spleenectomy?

Can a spleen grow back from a rupture spleen spleenectomy?

Sometimes: There are parts of spleen that can be in the area that can grow -. ...Read more

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Why is my spleen growing back after splenectomy?

Accessory spleen: About 10 percent of people have an accessory spleen. In some cases, this can also be due to part of the original spleen taking hold and growing as an autotransplant, also called splenosis. These accessory spleens can be functional, and depending on the reason for the original splenectomy, this may be of clinical significance or not. ...Read more

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Will the spleen cause pain on both sides of the chest and back area sharp pains and don't know what it is been coughing?

Will the spleen cause pain on both sides of the chest and back area sharp pains and don't know what it is been coughing?

Not usual: Spleen is in high, uppermost left abdomen under the diaphragm.
It can enlarge but still in that area. ...Read more

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I woke up and my spleen feels broke. It feels like I have pulled a mussle. Later in the day I could feel my mussle in my back tug. I'm in pain?

I woke up and my spleen feels broke. It feels like I have pulled a mussle. Later in the day I could feel my mussle in my back tug. I'm in pain?

Go see your doctor: What makes you say that your "spleen feels broke"? Where is muscle that feels "pulled"? Go see your doctor who can evaluate, diagnose & treat you. While you're waiting, otc acetaminophen, Ibuprofen or Naproxen are reasonable options assuming you don't have liver, kidney or stomach problems etc. ...Read more

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Can u see an enlarged spleen lying on your back?

Can u see an 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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Pain around my left rib varies from front side a back?! Could it be my spleen?

Pain around my left rib varies from front side a back?! Could it be my spleen?

Spleen pain: Is rare. In the absence of abdominal trauma, or some hypercoagulability of the blood causing infarction, spleen pain is very rare. More likely would be gas pain from the left colon or musculoskeletal pain. If it continues to be bothersome, see your primary care for evaluation. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What could be causing pain in my left shoulder on the back side? Could it be related to my spleen as in causing a pain that radiates there?

What could be causing pain in my left shoulder on the back side?  Could it be related to my spleen as in causing a pain that radiates there?

Unlikely: We need to know what's wrong with your spleen. Shoulder pain can be bursitis or muscular or ligament sprain. To begin with get evaluated and may be an x-ray will help. Meanwhile, use heating pad, gentle massage and some anti-inflammatory medication. ...Read more

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I have had pain radiating from the front to the back over the liver (and the other side (spleen side — but just in back there), for the past few days.

RUQ pain: Could be gallbladder or gastritis with or without H pylori a bacterium. May need antibiotics or if gallbladder surgery. . Could also be acute hepatitis from medicaitons,alcohol, or pancreatitis from blockage due to gallstone or medication or alcohol. F/u/ w/ doc. ...Read more

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Is the pain under my left shoulder blade have anything to do with my spleen?

Not likely.: Spleen does not usually cause referred pain in an otherwise normal individual without trauma or obvious illness. Would be more suspicious for pulmonic, gastric or pancreatic cause. ...Read more

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I have bad pain coming from my lower left rib spine area could this be my spleen?

I have bad pain coming from my lower left rib spine area could this be my spleen?

Many things: Pain in the left upper quadrant can be from your!: ribs, muscles, diaphragm, spleen, colon, lungs, pancreas, kidneys to name a few structures ...Read more

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Pain under left ribs severe looked up everything symptom points to spleen. Had 2 broke ribs left back?

Pain under left ribs severe looked up everything symptom points to spleen. Had 2 broke ribs left back?

Maybe the fracture: This may be due to the fractures or an additional fracture you were not aware of. Other possibilities can include things like blood clots among them. You need to have your physician evaluate this, and you will need imaging to see the diagnosis ...Read more

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Causes for pain middle to low back on l side wraps around to the side, constant but worse when sitting. 8/18 spleen measured 14cm? I can feel a lump

Causes for pain middle to low back on l side wraps around to the side, constant but worse when sitting. 8/18 spleen measured 14cm? I can feel a lump

Abdominal pain: Your spleen is mildly enlarged but because it has to be enlarged much more to give pain. This kind of pain could be from kidney stones sometimes even from back sprain please see a doctor about this. ...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 an 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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I have a cyst in my spleen 13cm in size and partially calcified. Will aspiration of the cyst ease my symptoms, could it come back?

I have a cyst in my spleen 13cm in size and partially calcified. Will aspiration of the cyst ease my symptoms, could it come back?

Perhaps: If the cyst has been growing at a progressive rate and your symptoms correlate with the growth, then aspiration may help; the chances of recurrence are low;. ...Read more

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During night: Pain under left ribcage, radiates to left shoulderblade and back. Bloodtest shows nothing about spleen or pancreas, what could it be?

Gas pain...: At your age constipation related gas pain more reasonable consideration. Depending on the duration...can try some laxative few days, hydrate yourself. Best to see PMD and discuss. ...Read more

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Left side pain for a month now. Starts at my bra line, goes down to bottom of ribcage, radiates to back. Heat makes worse. Spleen area. Ultrsnd was OK.

Chest discomfort: Have you had a cough? Chest xray? Perhaps the discomfort is from the rib cage and a pinched intercostal nerve or irritated/inflamed chest wall muscle. The pinched nerve hurts more with a deep breath and the muscle may also be tender to the touch. Have you tried a different bra? ...Read more

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I have mildly enlarged spleen. Blood work came back ok, but im still having pain. More uncomfortable every day. 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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My husbands spleen died. Drs have no idea why. All blood tests were taken for cancer and came back ok. What do you think caused his spleen to die?

My husbands spleen died. Drs have no idea why. All blood tests were taken for cancer and came back ok. What do you think caused his spleen to die?

Splenic Infarction: This rare phenomena is due to blockage of the blood supply to the spleen. This can occur secondary to a clotting disorder, blood vessel diseases, inflammation from the pancreas, or trauma. The best doctor to sort this out is a hematologist. ...Read more

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Pain under left rib cage that radiates to the upper back. Feels like its internal. What could this be? Xrays on ribs were normal, blood work on spleen

Pain under left rib cage that radiates to the upper back. Feels like its internal. What could this be? Xrays on ribs were normal, blood work on spleen

Many things radiant.: Many things radiant 2 the upper back & 2 shoulder region. Sub diaphragm: spleen, stomach, splenic flexure of the colon, or air in the peritoneal cavity. Above the diaphragm: pulmonary, PE, pneumonia of any type. If rib imaging was normal U need a chest x-ray, & a CT of the chest/abdomen/pelvis.

Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I had mono back in june and my spleen was a bit enlarged. I am now having a lot of pain near my left back rib cage/ scapula area. Related?

Not related: Possible nerve impingement that can be caused by being sandwiched between two spinal bones, pressed by a bulging. It can cause muscle spasm and back pain. Prevention treatment is always recommended. See interventional pain management specialist for definitive diagnosis and management. ...Read more