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How do doctors check to see if my spleen is enlarged?

How do doctors check to see if my spleen is enlarged?

Exam and CT: An enlarged spleen can usually be detected during a physical exam by feeling the abdomen. If there is a question, a CT scan would be very helpful ...Read more

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I think my spleen might be enlarged, But I can't see my doctor for about a week. I'm kind of in pain so I'm not sure what to do, should I go to ER?

I think my spleen might be enlarged, But I can't see my doctor for about a week. I'm kind of in pain so I'm not sure what to do, should I go to ER?

Yes, go to the ER: If you are in moderate to severe pain then go to the ER. Pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong. While it is unlikely to be your spleen more likely causes could be appendicitis, gall stones, kidney stones, ulcer or ovarian cyst amongst other things. ...Read more

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Can mildly enlarged liver and spleen NOT be something serious? Currently waiting to see doctor for results and I'm FREAKING OUT :)

ABSOLUTELY: Very often this is a minor viral illness/infection, something like mononucleosis. Rarely is it something serious at your age if you're in good health otherwise. If your doctor thought it was more serious, they'd likely get you into the office immediately to go over things. Since they're not too concerned from what you say here, I wouldn't get too excited. Relax, wait for your appointment. ...Read more

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I was told I have a spot on my spleen what are the possibilities? The doctors just shrug it off and didn't check any further.

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Trust your doctors: If it were something that warrants further study, they would have pursued it, but it isn't, best wishes ...Read more

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For those. Without a spleen when should they see the doctor when they are ill?

For those. Without a spleen when should they see the doctor when they are ill?

Soon: Living without a spleen either after surgery fir trauma or other therapeutic reason, or decreased function of the spleen, for whatever reason, immunizations: against pneumococcal, meningitis, h flu should be administered + flu shots every year, chills, temperature (101 and above) fatigue, any, abnormal symtpom warrants immediate help, overwhelming post splenectomy infection could be the case, . ...Read more

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I have mono but doctors say my spleen is NOT enlarged. Can I still do light activity such as light work on elliptical?

I have mono but doctors say my spleen is NOT enlarged. Can I still do light activity such as light work on elliptical?

You should ask your: Own doctor, since she/he knows you best. The answer also depends on when you were diagnosed. The biggest risk in mono is injury to the spleen, which is more likely when it is enlarged, and most commonly occurs earlier in the illness. So, just being on the ellyptical is not a problem. However, if you fell and injured your abdomen, your spleen could be injured, especially if your spleen becomes enlarged. ...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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Borderline enlarged spleen, the doctor says baby is fine.?

Borderline enlarged spleen, the doctor says baby is fine.?

Borderline??: If the doctor can feel the spleen it strongly suggests that it is enlarged and therefore abnormal. ...Read more

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Hi my crp was 72 and 133 respectively. My spleen and lymphnodes are enlarged. Doctors are telling its infection. Please tell me if something wrong?

Hi my crp was 72 and 133 respectively. My spleen and lymphnodes are enlarged. Doctors are telling its infection. Please tell me if something wrong?

Hi CRP/ LN: Could be mononucleosis, malaria or other infection or rarely could be issues like lymphoma. get mononucleosis titers IgM, igG, , get CBC, thick smear, blood cultures rest, may need biopsy if does not resolve in a month. Follow up with your doctor, ...Read more

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Don't really know if there is built up fluid had mono couple weeks ago but my doctor said my spleen wasn't enlarged could working out recently b why?

Don't really know if there is built up fluid had mono couple weeks ago but my doctor said my spleen wasn't enlarged could working out recently b why?

Fluid buildup?: What are you talking about? What fluid buildup? Where,? how long? Associated symptoms? abdominal pain (left upper abdomen? . Exercise is usually discouraged during the first week-10 days of mononucleosis, to prevent splenic rupture. Fluid buildup? - not so much. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has got sharp pain on the left side of her body just under her ribs we believe that it's her spleen should she see a doctor?

My girlfriend has got sharp pain on the left side of her body just under her ribs we believe that it's her spleen should she see a doctor?

abd pain: If the pain is still there, she should definitely see a doctor to determine the cause of it. The spleen is in the left upper quadrant but it rarely causes pain. She needs to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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If the spleen was enlarged would it hurt all the time? I am having left upper side pain under rib, but mainly when I lay down. I go to doctor soon.

If the spleen was enlarged would it hurt all the time? I am having left upper side pain under rib, but mainly when I lay down. I go to doctor soon.

Likely not: Usually an enlarged spleen does not cause pain and I suspect that the pain you have may have musculoskeletal in origin. However one cannot tell for sure without a direct exam and I am glad that you will be seeing your doctor soon. ...Read more

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I am 18 and my doctor told me I have an enlarged spleen after several visits with countless symptomes. She is doing nothing about it what should I do?

I am 18 and my doctor told me I have an enlarged spleen after several visits with countless symptomes. She is doing nothing about it what should I do?

May be right: The spleen is the largest lymph node in your body & will enlarge for several potential reasons, .The most common would be mono, for which there is no treatment & the spleen swelling goes down within weeks/months. They advise no horse riding or contact sports while it is enlarged but there is no treatment. Other causes of enlargement would require more testing. ...Read more

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Hi I'm julita (F) I have enlarge spleen from my child hood, I am now 28yr. Doctor decided splenectomy in dec 2014.how take self care before OT&VACCINAT?

Hi I'm julita (F) I have enlarge spleen from my child hood, I am now 28yr. Doctor decided splenectomy in dec 2014.how take self care before OT&VACCINAT?

Vaccination: I don't know what kind of problem you are suffering or the cause for the enlarged spleen. I would certainly consider getting a 2nd opinion. Aside from that, try to get vaccinated (especially to pneumococci) before you undergo the surgery. Good luck. ...Read more

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Please help if a doctor says something about your spleen having a chance to enlarge or having mono and says to come back in a week could it to late like ding or something before then

Please help if a doctor says something about your spleen having a chance to enlarge or having mono and says to come back in a week could it to late like ding or something before then

Big Spleen: Mono can cause enlargement of the spleen but it is also the job of the physician to educate and warn patients about possible side effects of illness. The doctor is simply wanting to make sure you are doing well in 1 week. ...Read more

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