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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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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3 yr old TPN dependent for 2 yrs. She has splenomegaly (measured 8.9) alt/ast looks great. Can TPN cause spleen enlargement w/out affecting liver?

3 yr old TPN dependent for 2 yrs. She has splenomegaly (measured 8.9) alt/ast looks great. Can TPN cause spleen enlargement w/out affecting liver?

Doubtful, but: I have never seen TPN cause isolated splenomegaly without some involvement of the liver, but i would defer the final answer to a peds GI doc. However, i would be more concerned that whatever underlying condition that is causing her to be TPN dependent and not able to use her gut is contributing to her splenomegaly, and not the TPN itself. ...Read more

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Is it possible for galbladder disease to cause spleen or liver enlargement?

Is it possible for galbladder disease to cause spleen or liver enlargement?

No: There would be no association of the gallbladder that i can think of that would cause liver damage to the point of liver enlargement, cirrhosis, or spleen enlargement. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantages of spleen enlargement ?

Several effects: Splenomegaly is an enlargement of the spleen. The spleen usually lies in the left upper quadrant of the human abdomen. In early stages, mild enlargement of the spleen may have no symptoms, but with moderate to severe splenomegaly, there will likely be some reduction in the number of circulating blood cells, abdominal pain, chest pain, early fullness, increased workload on the liver. ...Read more

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Is frequent hiccups sign of spleen enlargement. What is considered frequent? Toddler gets hiccups a lot

Is frequent hiccups sign of spleen enlargement. What is considered frequent? Toddler gets hiccups a lot

Common in toddlers: Toddlers and babies have immature brains. They are prone to having hiccups more than older children and adults. You can have the doctor check for any other causes, but it is likely normal. I have never seen hiccups from an enlarged spleen. I think theoretically it could irritate the diaphragm and cause them though. ...Read more

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My WBC and PLATELETS are reduce because of my spleen enlargement .....is this possible to cure this ?

My  WBC and PLATELETS are reduce because of my spleen enlargement .....is this possible to cure this ?

Need more info: Why is the spleen enlarged? The cause of splenic enlargement may be treatable. Common treatable causes in India are malaria and kala azar. It would be prudent to see a doctor for evaluation and choice of treatment. ...Read more

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I have too much extra copper in my body. Because of that my liver and spleen are large. What are my options.....?

I have too much extra copper in my body. Because of that my liver and spleen are large. What are my options.....?

Wilson's disease: There are chelating therapy available.....being young....your chances are better..... oral penicillamine with pyridoxine,indefinitely. Alternately, trientine. oral zinc interferes with copper absorption in gut. It is an autosomal recessive, watch with whom you shire a child....... ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol with an enlarged spleen? I don't know the cause for the enlargement and all my doctor has told me is that I have to do blood tests

Yes: It's not uncommon for a person to have a big spleen for no reason whatever -- and we never find the cause. If you feel well and have no other findings, I wouldn't give it another thought. ...Read more

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I have enlarged spleen and enlarged liver and sugar count was 375 . Typ 2 diabeties, tx includes med every day. The enlargements just started 2 weeks?

I have enlarged spleen and enlarged liver and sugar count was 375 .  Typ 2 diabeties, tx includes med every day. The enlargements just started 2 weeks?

Not the spleen: By itself, uncontrolled diabetes can cause a 'fatty' liver with enlargement but splenomegaly is not generally associated with diabetes per se. ...Read more

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What causes a enlarged spleen?

What causes a enlarged spleen?

Many causes : The spleen's job is to take older or damaged blood cells out of circulation. Diseases that cause abnormal or disrupted cells, like thallesemias and hemolytic anemia cause enlargement to compensate for the increased work. Congestion due to cirrhosis/portal hypertension cause enlargement by limiting blood flow out of the spleen. Tumors especially lymphoma can grow in the spleen as well. ...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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Can an enlarged spleen cause pain on the right side as well as the left?

It depends on: The reason why the spleen is enlarged in the first place., There are many causes for an enlarged spleen and you must rely on a Physician to help you. ...Read more

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What are the causes and risk associated wiyh an enlarged spleen? Im 83 and have been in bed for 2 days

MANY CAUSES: Enlarge spleen can be caused due to many causes, some common causes are infectious mononucleosis syphilis endocarditis hemolytic anemias cirrhosis and other liver diseases malaria leukemia, lymphoma and hodgkin disease risk associated with enlarged spleen are reduces number of red blodd cells in your blood and can cause low platlet count l, and in case of mononucleosis there is risk of ruptuture. ...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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Enlarged Spleen (Definition)

Enlarged spleen = splenomegaly= enlargement/ increased size of the digestive organ that is just ...Read more