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Can Your Spleen Grow Back
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.
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.
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
No: Very rarely, if the spleen is injured and some of the spleen tissue implants elsewhere in the abdomen. This is very rare though, usually the spleen is gone for good.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Sometimes: There are parts of spleen that can be in the area that can grow -.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Could my spleen be causing my RBC to drop every month and then build a little back up and then drop again?
Probably not: The spleen can be involved in certain types of anemia but I don't think it would be cyclical.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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
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
I have been told I had an enlarged spleen about 6 years and it never bothered me until now...I lay down on my back in bed and feel a bulge. It hurts?
Time for: Medical reassessment.Get a more detailed answer ›
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