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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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How do doctors treat swollen spleens caused by mono?

How do doctors treat swollen spleens caused by mono?

No treatment: There is no specific treatment. Surgery is indicated if you develop spontaneous splenic rupture. Avoid dangerous activities that can place you at risk for splenic injury. ...Read more

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My spleen is swollen, and my hgb is at 7. Can i be losing my blood in my spleen? Will doctors be able to see the blood taken by my spleen?

My spleen is swollen, and my hgb is at 7.  Can i be losing my blood in my spleen? Will doctors be able to see the blood taken by my spleen?

Hematologist: You should see a hematologist. That level of anemia is serious, an an enlarged spleen is also indicative of a problem related in your blood system. Anemia is usually due to bleeding, impaired production, or hemolysis. Hemolysis means abnormal consumption of red cells in your spleen or blood vessels. There are blood tests and ultrasound studies to investigate further. ...Read more

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Upon exam, by chance the doc noted my spleen was swollen. Bloodwork showed nothing abnormal. What could cause random swelling? Need for further tests?

Upon exam, by chance the doc noted my spleen was swollen. Bloodwork showed nothing abnormal. What could cause random swelling? Need for further tests?

Many reasons: 1. Exam could have been mistaken. 2. There are numerous causes of increased spleen size, such as alcohol induced liver disease; other liver diseases that cause cirrhosis such as hepatitis b or c; lymphomas; splenic malignancies; vascular diseases; amyloidosis. Symptoms like these are best evaluated in person by your physician. Based on the findings, a treatment plan can be developed to help you. ...Read more

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I have a bump under my left rib cage where spleen is. It's pretty large. The doctor thinks I have mono. Is it normal to see the swollen spleen?

I have a bump under my left rib cage where spleen is. It's pretty large. The doctor thinks I have mono. Is it normal to see the swollen spleen?

Confusing question: If you can feel a bulge under your left rib cage it could be a swollen spleen.You would usually never feel one as it is usually tucked down close to the kidney and deep in the abdomen. Mono has many symptoms and a swollen spleen is one of them.You should avoid any physical activity that could increase the risk of trauma to the spleen (horseriding, bicycle riding etc.). ...Read more

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I had mono but went to the doctor and all my bloods were fine. My spleen is still slightly swollen. Can I drink alcohol?

I had mono but went to the doctor and all my bloods were fine. My spleen is still slightly swollen. Can I drink alcohol?

You decide: Alcohol is detoxified by liver cells along with other body wastes. Mono tends to create some liver injury/sensitivity which increases the toxic effect of alcohol on the liver.Death of liver cells can & does occur sometimes in this setting.The liver can re-grow cells & recover, but since you only have one it would be reasonable to take care of it by delaying or reducing alcohol during your recovery ...Read more

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I have had an enlarged liver&spleen for several months.Specialists trying to figure out why.Woke up this morn w/swollen feet.Should i call doctor?

I have had an enlarged liver&spleen for several months.Specialists trying to figure out why.Woke up this morn w/swollen feet.Should i call doctor?

Yes: This new symptom may help give a clue as to your issue with the enlarged liver and spleen. In addition it likely represents either leaky vessels from inflammation or excessive pressure in the veins of the body. Stop eating sodium and limit it's consumption. Avoid nsaids, motrin, aleve, (naproxen) naprosyn. Call your doctor for an appointment. Elevating the legs higher than your heart will help. ...Read more