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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Enlarged Spleen (Overview)

An enlarged spleen is a clinical finding in which the spleen is larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can occur with infections, diseases of the liver, or cancers.


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What causes enlarged spleen&liver, severe hypocholesterolemia, heterogenious thyroid w/ heterogenious nodule all at once? Are these related or no?

What causes enlarged spleen&liver, severe hypocholesterolemia, heterogenious thyroid w/ heterogenious nodule all at once? Are these related or no?

Probably not: Get a doc to be the captain to sort out where to start and priorirtize the most serious or symptomatic issues to start with. I seriously doubt there is one unifying diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
195 doctors shared insights

Enlarged Spleen (Overview)

An enlarged spleen is a clinical finding in which the spleen is larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can occur with infections, diseases of the liver, or cancers.


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What exactly does it mean to have an enlarged spleen?

What exactly does it mean to have an enlarged spleen?

Something is wrong: Many internal disorders can cause your spleen to enlarge. Some common conditions include cirrhosis of the liver and blood disorders like chronic leukemias of different types can be the cause. You should seek consultation with a blood specialist to examine you and investigate the cause. ...Read more

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Does an enlarged spleen affect the other organs in my body?

Does an enlarged spleen affect the other organs in my body?

Why is it enlarged: An enlarged spleen, by itself, does not influence other organs unless it is so big that it is compressing the stomach or colon (very unusual except for rare types of blood diseases). But the spleen is often enlarged because of other problems like chronic pancreatitis or liver cirrhosis, or blood problems. ...Read more

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My husband has elevated liver enzymes and an enlarged spleen. He was bitten by a tick about 4 yrs ago and was treated for Lyme disease with a zpack.?

My husband has elevated liver enzymes and an enlarged spleen. He was bitten by a tick about 4 yrs ago and was treated for Lyme disease with a zpack.?

Needs evaluation: Not all tick bites cause lyme, but if he got lyme a z-pak is not adequate treatment so he likely has chronic lyme. Ticks can also transmit babesia, bartonella, rickettsia & other serious infections. These might be causing his problems & his problems might be unrelated to the bite. He needs a thorough medical evaluation including a doc knowledgeable about lyme & co-infections. See www.Ilads.Org. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some natural treatments for an enlarged spleen?

Cause of LG spleen?: It would be helpful to know what is causing the splenic enlargement - if it's an infection, a cancer, liver diseases or something else. Most treatments revolve around protecting the spleen when enlarged- so it doesn't burst like a balloon. So no contact sports. Wear a seat belt. See doc for preventative vaccines in case it has to come out. Natural treatments would be adjunctive. ...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