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Enlarged Spleen And Fatty Liver
I've read enlarged spleen from fatty liver only occurs after extensive liver damage. Can a "mildly fatty liver" cause a painful enlarged spleen?
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Different organs: A fatty liver is a condition where excess fat cells build up in the liver and can negatively affect the function of the liver. In bad cases it can sometimes cause a type of cirrhosis. An enlarged spleen can be caused by significant liver damage from a variety of causes, or an enlarged spleen can be caused purely from spleen or blood disorders. ...Read more
I am experiencing abdominal pain, diarrhea, tender abdomen. I have had stool tests done to rule out all basic stuff, fecal fat test, blood work, ultrasound which showed cholelithiasis, enlarged spleen (14.3cm), and fatty liver. Surgeon not worried.
Many possibilities: There are many possible causes for your symptoms. The most helpful clues will come from a very detailed interview by a knowledgeable physician, preferably a gastroenterologist. Shooting first with lots of tests and skipping the questions usually wastes a lot of money and often results in chasing lots of dead ends. If careful history and directed testing are reassuring, then IBS is the most likely. ...Read more
Most people don't know they have an enlarged spleen because symptoms are rare. People usually find out about it during a physical exam. These are the most common symptoms of an enlarged spleen:being unable to eat a large meal.
Feeling discomfort, fullness, or pain on the upper left side of the abdomen; this pain may spread to your left shoulder. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver and recently I had an ultrasound confirming enlarged spleen spleen is painful pain regulates to shoulder?
Splenomegaly: Yes, splenomegaly can cause referred pain to the left shoulder due to irritation of the adjacent diaphragm and the anatomic course of the associated phrenic nerve. If the pain is acute, it can be a sign of splenic rupture (Kehr's sign), which can be spontaneous in the setting of slpenomegaly. If this is the case, seek medical attention emergently. ...Read more
Can being obese cause an enlarged spleen? I was severely overweight, have fatty liver, but LFT's are NORMAL. So the liver seems to be functioning fine, wondering what could cause the spleen issue?
I'm 31 yrs old, I have a fatty liver & a enlarged spleen I weight 196 I'm currently trying to loose weight my? Is canola oil cooking spray healthy?
Ok: It is find as long as not used in excess. Remember that oil is oil. You do need to find out why your liver and spleen are enlarged however. Have you seen any specialist yet? ...Read more
I have an enlarged fatty liver, enlarged spleen, & 2nd stage kidney disease & I need to know if any one of those would cause a UTI & an ear infection?
Not per se: The conditions you described do not cause UTI by themselves. You should be under the care of a doctor to manage these illnesses so that you may prevent deterioration of liver and kidney function. ...Read more
I'm 31 yrs of age 197 lbs, I have fatty infiltration liver and a enlarged spleen how bad can this be?
Very bad: You can become cirrhotic.Get a more detailed answer ›
I had an upper abdomen scan and have to go for MRI as shadows showed up and fatty liver and slightly enlarged gall bladder. I am worried tho my gp noy?
Alcohol: There are many causes of enlarged liver and spleen, however, the most common thing people do intentionally that causes this abnormality is drink excessively that causes fatty liver and cirrhosis. Other diseases, like infections, leukemias, lymphomas can also cause enlargement of these organs. ...Read more
See your doctor: It is important to determine the cause of the abnormality. Enlargement of both liver and spleen is not a trivial matter. Please see your doctor for a check and lab tests to determine the cause. ...Read more
Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn
Cardiomyopathy, End Stage
Cirrhosis, Primary Biliary
Leukemia, Acute Myeloid
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Hepato-splenomegaly: Hi Keith: an enlarged liver and spleen (also called, hepatosplenomegaly) has many potential causes. Broadly: infections and cancers. For someone in India, a few possibilities that must be considered include TB and malaria - there are other infections too. For malignancies, evaluations for lymphoma's and leukemia's. She must seek care as soon as possible. ...Read more
It can be many thing:
There are many conditions which can cause enlarged liver, spleen and lymph nodes
you need to have thorough history/physical exam, and blood test to find the cause.
It may be anything like infectious mononucleosis, or another infectious process to lymphoma
so have it checked asap. ...Read more
I have an enlarged spleen for over a year. And now also have an enlarged liver. I would like to know can these be related and how so. Treatmnt option?
Probably: There is probably a related reason that your liver and spleen are enlarged. You need to see someone who deals with liver disease; a gastroenterologist or hepatologist. Treatment options can be discussed once the cause of the enlarged organs is determined. ...Read more
Is it safe to get a massage w/an enlarged spleen & liver? I was given a gift certificate but am scared to use it. I heard you can rupture the organ?
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?
Would an enlarged spleen or liver increase ESR and CRP levels on blood test? If so- to what levels approximately?
Whoa: Elevations in the ESR and CRP are famously nonspecific and are helpful only in zeroing in on already-identified health problems. However, I'm concerned about your enlarged liver and spleen. This will require a proper workup -- it'd be a great shame to miss smoldering hepatitis, wilson's, hemochromatosis, or medication / alcohol effects. ...Read more
Would an enlarged spleen or liver increase ESR and CRP levels on blood test? If so- to what levels approximately? (please a swee question)
Would 2 nights of heavy drinking cause an enlarged spleen? If the liver is perfectly healthy? If so would it go back to normal not drinking alcohol?
No: And am not sure how you know your spleen is enlarged. If you had some kind of scan or ultrasound, you need to be asking the doctor who ordered that test. The spleen does not enlarge in alcohol-related disease until the liver is very very sick (cirrhosis). Many things can cause splenic enlargement, and only your physician can figure it out with full history, examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more
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
I had blood work done & my a/g ratio & my sgot were low but my globulin count was high. I also have enlarged spleen & liver. What could cause this?
Very complicated: Too many illnesses to discuss in this forum. If you have hepatosplenomegaly you need to be seen by a pcp and perhaps referred to someone with expertise in this area. Obviously you must be seeing somebody now and being evaluated. Ask them... ...Read more
Abdomen usg says: fatty liver, mild splenomegaly, diffuse bowel wall thickening at right illiac region. Possibility of distal iletis. Is it serious?
Does not: Sound good. Hard to say how serious without more information. Could be from an infection of some site that is treatable, but you should not have any of these issues especially so young. ...Read more
Hi I am a 26 f with two kids 4&1.I have itp but also a fatty liver. I'm obese and have just lost 8 kg in 4 wk Having spleen removed what's survival rate?
Good: Like you know the fatty liver will improve with weight loss. Good diet and healthy lifestyle is important including avoiding alchol. If the ITP is responding to treatment that is good. Though periodic CBC, monitoring for treatment adverse effects, hematologist and hepatologist visits are indicated ...Read more
2.5 yr old fever of 104 for 2 days no other symptoms took to doc said he has an enlarged spleen & liver. Possible causes?
A number of causes: Fever with enlarged spleen and liver (hepatosplenomegaly) in a child can be a variety of things. Many viral infections--Epstein-Barr and CMV in particular--could do this. Some animal-borne bacterial infections or even TB can do it as well. Finally, there are more dangerous things like leukemia and lymphoma that can present this way. Consult with your pediatrician or possibly an ID specialist. ...Read more
Echogenic liver slightly enlarged and slightly enlarged spleen, in normal BMI range and normal hepatic blood work, should I be concerned?
Not really: If you have no symptoms, I would not worry. But once a year repeat the sonograms and complete blood tests. ...Read more
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