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Enlarged Spleen Affect Other Organs Body
Hemolysis: Enlarged spleen is usually seen in anemia whenthe rbc is fragile. Many disorders can cause this. Fragile rbcs can then be broken down in the spleen (a process referred to as hemolysis). This causes different levels of anemia and an enlarged spleen. Often jaundice can be seen as well. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Husband sick for months. Fatigue, body aches, low body temperature, enlarged spleen, heterogeneous liver, cellulitis (strep and staph) and skin nodule?
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
Several Things: The list is fairly long. An enlarged spleen (splenomegaly) can be caused by many things. Patients with cirrhosis can develop splenomegaly. Certain cancers - such as lymphoma, myelodysplastic disease, etc.. Infections (mononucleosis, parasites, TB). You should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more
See a doctor: Splenic enlargement can be due to a number of illnesses. Cancer must be considered as a possible cause. You should see a board-certified internist who will order the appropriate screening tests. Please do not do yourself a disservice seeing alternative practitioners for this problem. ...Read more
Maybe: There are many conditions associated with an enlarged spleen. Depends on the underlying pathology, splenomegaly are sometimes discovered by accident in asymptomatic patients while other times associated with a multitude of symptoms such as malaise, abdominal swelling, pain, easy bruising... If in doubt, see your doctor. ...Read more
You won't.: Someone's gotta check. That's the simplest method. It's part of a basic physical exam. Otherwise CT or MRI. Enlarged spleens aren't painful, but can rupture easily. Mono (EBV) enlarges spleens. Trauma, can too, from bleeding. A bonehead once drove into me while in a crosswalk, from the left. Thankfully I flew up overhead. Felt fine, but rescue insisted on a CT (it was normal). ...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
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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