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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
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
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
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
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
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
Sometimes: There are parts of spleen that can be in the area that can grow -. ...Read more
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
Could my spleen be causing my RBC to drop every month and then build a little back up and then drop again?
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?
Spleen is in high, uppermost left abdomen under the diaphragm.
It can enlarge but still in that area. ...Read more
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
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
Pain under left ribs severe looked up everything symptom points to spleen. Had 2 broke ribs left back?
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 ›
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
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
Have enlarged spleen for over a year, drs can't explain. Having left chest pain on&off for a few weeks. Last few days more. Pain also in back & left side?
Spleen painful: It sound like yourbspleen is not ny enlarged but painful. See a hematolgist next. ...Read more
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
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?
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
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
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