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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
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
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
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
Would 2 nights of heavy drinking cause an enlarged spleen? If the liver is perfectly healthy? If so would it go back to normal not drinking alcohol?
No: and am not sure how you know your spleen is enlarged. If you had some kind of scan or ultrasound, you need to be asking the doctor who ordered that test. The spleen does not enlarge in alcohol-related disease until the liver is very very sick (cirrhosis). Many things can cause splenic enlargement, and only your physician can figure it out with full history, examination and appropriate tests. ...Read more
I'm 31 yrs old , I have a fatty liver & a enlarged spleen I weight 196 I'm currently trying to loose weight my ? is canola oil cooking spray healthy?
Ok: It is find as long as not used in excess. Remember that oil is oil. You do need to find out why your liver and spleen are enlarged however. Have you seen any specialist yet? ...Read more
Boyfriend diagnosed with IBS, enlarged liver and spleen. Healthy eating adapted. Under care of Dr. Last night splitting up blood, pain lower Left?
Symptoms and signs: Please take your boyfriend to the nearest Emergency Room today!!! ...Read more
Healthy 20 y/o male. Few red dots on arms. Can feel spleen occasionally (not all the time) small amount of red blood in stool. Lukemia?
Fever of 101.1 pulse of 109-112 bmp at rest muscle pains , aching joints sharp chest pains also in spleen 16 , 200 lbs, healthy , active , female?
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