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Doctor insights on: How Big Is Your Spleen

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How big is the spleen?

How big is the spleen?

For Adults: It could be 12 cm (females) or 13 cm (males) or less for normal size of spleen. ...Read more

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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Since at least the end of june my spleen is still enlarged it was 14cm and i just had another u/s that measured it at 14 too. Why would it still b big?

Since at least the end of june my spleen is still enlarged it was 14cm and i just had another u/s that measured it at 14 too. Why would it still b big?

Splenomegaly: I would not be concerned about spleen measuring 14 cm which is minimally enlarged without any worsening and no other symptoms. It's hard to explain why it measures so on the ultrasound without further history and physical exam. If that's the only abnormality, I would recommend no further action. ...Read more

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Please help!! If my spleen was big enough to hurt& be felt would I have other symptoms? 13cm 1 mo ago on CT. So scared, GI not worried. Feel fine.

Likely normal: Splenomegaly is a term which refers to enlargement of the spleen. The normal adult splenic length upper limit is usually around 12-15 cm. If all your blood tests and physical exam are normal you should be fine. ...Read more

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16 wks prego. While back had high liver enzymes big spleen first thing I noticed was one pupil bigger than other. Now one pupil bigger again high wbc?

16 wks prego. While back had high liver enzymes big spleen first thing I noticed was one pupil bigger than other. Now one pupil bigger again high wbc?

See doctor: For the sake of your and your baby's health, you should be under the care of a doctor. The issues you described are not suitable for this forum. ...Read more

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Operated fungus ball in left maxillary sinus. Now, postnasal discharge(~ right side) in stomach and left lung. Big spleen. Smelly urine. What could be?

Operated fungus ball in left maxillary sinus. Now, postnasal discharge(~ right side) in stomach and left lung. Big spleen. Smelly urine. What could be?

See doctor: Fungal ball in the sinus is not expected to cause urinary, abdominal, or urinary symptoms. If this affects your lung, then one needs to rule out the presence of fungal ball in the lung as well. With the large spleen, I suspect that you are having a systemic disease and this requires tests and examination to clarify. By the way, the odor of urine is not usually diagnostic of anything. ...Read more

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Y every time I eat, no matter how big or small. My upper abdomen bloats & swells?? Been going on for months now. Any ideas?

Y every time I eat, no matter how big or small. My upper abdomen bloats & swells?? Been going on for months now. Any ideas?

Lots of things: Distension after meals suggests gastroparesis (a slow stomach) or dysmotility of the small or large intestine. Distension is often reported by irritable bowel syndrome patients who exhibit no structural pathology. Some simple testing may be reassuring. Get checked please. ...Read more

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I have two spleens, is this a problem?

Not usually: Accessory spleens are well documented in the medical literature; they are usually of no consequence. ...Read more

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Why is the spleen brown?

Why is the spleen brown?

Rather purple: By virtue of its function, it mainly recycles red blood cells, stores other blood cellular elements, as white blood cells and platelets, and has a function in the immune system. The liver is brown though ...Read more

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How heavy is the spleen?

How heavy is the spleen?

About 6 oz(~180 gms): That's the average weight in a healthy adult, weight can vary with different states, infection for instance, when the spleen enlarges to fight it, or disease states affecting the spleen itself, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Can a spleen regenerate?

Can a spleen regenerate?

Yes: Spleen can regenerate by various mechanisms. Spleen once injured by trauma can implant itself in different parts of the abdomen, known as splenosis. Process similar to this can occur after the body recovers from serious infections. If the spleen is removed in its entirety by surgery then the likely of regeneration is next to nothing. ...Read more

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What does spleen pain feel like?

Uncommon: The spleen is located under the ribs on the left. But the things here is this: unless you have a reason to have a lot of inflammation in the area, pain actually form the spleen itself is pretty unusual. If you are not sure what's going on and you have new pain in your abdomen, call your doctor or go to the er. ...Read more

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How to grade spleen injury?

How to grade spleen injury?

AIS: The system used is the AIS-Abbreviated Injury Score or scale. You can find it online. Basically there are 5 grades, based on the extent of injury seen on CT or in the OR. ...Read more

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How can we grade spleen injury?

How can we grade spleen injury?

AIS: There is well-defined system for grading all solid organ injuries, called the AIS (Abbreviated Injury Score). This is can be found online easily and the details are organ specific. Usually runs from Grade 1 to 5. An AIS exists for every body region. Originally, it was the appearance of the spleen at surgery, but now is based on CT findings. We rarely operate on injured spleens today. ...Read more

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Can accessory organ have spleen?

Other way around: There can be "accessory" spleens. This just means that when a person was developing, an extra spleen developed. They are not dangerous and don't cause any problems. ...Read more

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Why might my spleen be calcified?

Why might my spleen be calcified?

Several reasons: Spleen is an organ tucked under your left lower rib cage. It filters blood, removing broken cell products. Reasons for calcifications are mulitple, break out into 3 main categories; infection, trauma, and cancer. Most calcification problems are benign or can be treated medically. Occasionally the spleen should be removed at surgery. Your primary doc can advise you on tests, results and referrals. ...Read more

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Is it fatal if the spleen bursts?

Is it fatal if the spleen bursts?

Often: Splenic rupture is often life-threatening. However, small tears can be treated conservatively. ...Read more