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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 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

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Should I get tested for HIV? I have never been sexual active. My doctor at the time when I was younger wanted the test. Enlarge spleen liver and other symptoms including swollen lymph nodes. My mom detest and refused even though the test is harmless.

Should I get tested for HIV? I have never been sexual active. My doctor at the time when I was younger wanted the test. Enlarge spleen liver and other symptoms including swollen lymph nodes. My mom detest and refused even though the test is harmless.

You are age 27: Forgive my frankness. This is none of your mother's business. While it is unlikely that a large liver has anything to do with HIV, it is one of a bunch of tests that are appropriate for generalized lymphadenopathy. Your mother has no right to your health information. Get it done and tell her you didn't. ...Read more