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Is A Spleen Necessary To Live A Healthy Life
No: The spleen functions as a contributor to the body's immune system. Removal of the spleen will result in an increased risk of infections with certain organisms. There are vaccines available to prevent infections against these organisms. The risk of serious infections is less than 1%. Most people without a spleen can lead normal lives. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sure: A ruptured spleen can be fatal depending on the extent of the injury. Imho that is the worst thing it can do to you. However even removing the spleen (and saving your life) can lead to overwhelming infections. Most of us try nonoperative therapy first followed by surgery if this fails. Most of the time a repair can be done, but sometimes it must be removed. ...Read more
Is it normal to feel the tip of the spleen in a thin, otherwise healthy 4 yo? He got over pneumonia about 3 weeks ago. Otherwise no other issues.
Not particularly: At that age I occasionally find this on a normal physical exam.It is easier if they are on the thin side, which is where a 4 yo should be.When they are chunky it is hard to feel any normal anatomy. ...Read more
Hi had a abdo scan today and it showed my spleen is enlarged what causes this, i' m in good health and bloods ar good I have high GGT alright ?
Need for evaluation: There are many causes of an enlarged spleen, including liver disease, as indicated by your high ggt. See the website below for various causes of splenomegaly and discuss the matter with your doctor, as it is not feasible to provide a good answer without examining you. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003276.htm. ...Read more
Is it normal to be able to palate spleen tip in healthy thin 5 yo? He just got over pneumonia 3 weeks ago, otherwise no other symptoms.
Palpable spleen: If your child's immunizations are up to date, this is most likely not splenomegaly. Children are typically thin, so their organs may be more easily palpated (felt). However, if immunizations are not up to date, palpating this area is painful, or in the face of other symptoms (fever, fatigue,etc), it may be worthwhile to have the child seen by Pediatrician. ...Read more
What are granulomated calcifications in the spleen? And what does this mean for my health? Having pain in right abdominal area should I be worried?
Other than ginger, what supplements can I take to promote a healthy GI tract, and perhaps help my swollen spleen to shrink ?
Depends: It depends on the problem you're having. Enlarged spleen is a consequence of the problem you're having, so without identifying it, it would be hard to suggest anything. Ginger is not curative. It may sooth upset stomach, but won't do anything for the liver or spleen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have an enlarged spleen a cyst on it too and aneurysm splenic. I havw been sick and now smell a burning smell? Thats some of the health.
See your doctor: This is not an issue which can be addressed over the internet. You need to be seen, examined and diagnosed by a professional ASAP. Answers on HealthTap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. ...Read more
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