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Enlarged Spleen And Lupus
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.
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.
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).
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.
Enlarged spleen: Enlarged spleen = splenomegaly= enlargement/ increased size of the digestive organ that is just below the left ribcage.
Spleen: This really depends on whether the enlargement is acute and rapid or slow and chronic. The former produces pain as the capsule expands rapidly, the latter does not produce pain as the capsule is given time to expand. Large spleens are prone to injury and bleeding and this can cause pain.
SPLENOMEGALY: CAUSES: Many: though not that common. Typhoid, septicemia, abscess/cyst in spleen, some viral infection, malaria, toxoplasma infection; hemolytic anemias- e.g. Thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, hereditary spherocytosis; lymphoma, leukemia; some metabolic diseases; liver cirrhosis with portal vein hypertension; sarcoidosis; rheumatoid arthritis. Sound scary, if feeling too sick, check with your doctor.
Yes...: Mono is a viral illness...Chinese medicine is amazing in helping recover form mono and I would suggest it highly.
No such thing: Enlarged spleen has a cause, and treatment is according to the original disease, and degree of enlargement, kindly consult the doctor who made the diagnosis
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