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Risk Of Smoking With No Spleen
Can smoking cigarettes effect your spleen if it is enlarged from mono? Can it effect your liver while recovering from mono.
Probably not: I am not aware of tobacco's effects on the spleen or liver, but it can cause throat , lung, and bladder plus some other forms of cancers. It also worsens asthma and causes emphysema especially for women. You should take this opportunity to quit smoking instead of asking for justification to smoke. Name me one health benefit from smoking and then we can talk. ...Read more
Will smoking marijuana rupture your spleen if you have an enlarged spleen from mononucleosis (recreational use only)?
Nope. Absolutely not. I would be curious where you got this myth. Marijuana is an herb that is used to stimulate hunger in those not eating, to calm a stomach in crisis with nausea, vomiting or cramping. It is less dangerous than alcohol or other illicit substances.
It does have an addictive potential and so recreational use should not be something done every day. ...Read more
My spleen is enlarged from mononucleosis and i'm on an antibiotic called cephadroxil..Will smoking recreational marijuana rupture my spleen?
Yes: Spleen can regenerate by various mechanisms. Spleen once injured by trauma can implant itself in different parts of the abdomen, known as splenosis. Process similar to this can occur after the body recovers from serious infections. If the spleen is removed in it's entirety by surgery then the likely of regeneration is next to nothing. ...Read more
Uncommon: The spleen is located under the ribs on the left. But the things here is this: unless you have a reason to have a lot of inflammation in the area, pain actually form the spleen itself is pretty unusual. If you are not sure what's going on and you have new pain in your abdomen, call your doctor or go to the er. ...Read more
AIS: There is well defined system for grading all solid organ injuries, called the AIS (Abbreviated Injury Score). This is can be found online easily and the details are organ specific. Usually runs from Grade 1 to 5. An AIS exists for every body region. Originally, it was the appearance of the spleen at surgery, but now is based on CT findings. We rarely operate on injured spleens today. ...Read more
Several reasons: Spleen is an organ tucked under your left lower rib cage. It filters blood, removing broken cell products. Reasons for calcifications are mulitple, break out into 3 main categories; infection, trauma, and cancer. Most calcification problems are benign or can be treated medically. Occasionally the spleen should be removed at surgery. Your primary doc can advise you on tests, results and referrals. ...Read more
Ultrasound is excellent at viewing the spleen. CT also offers a good view, but carries the downside of radiation exposure. Due to the safety, doctors will often start with ultrasound, then reserve CT scan for those patients where they see an area of concern. Hope this helps! ...Read more
It doesn't: Mononucleosis is an infection by the epstein-barr virus. The infection is fought off by the body's immune system, composed of white blood cells and other proteins. The spleen is similar to a giant lymph node and will swell up as it fights the virus, as do the neck lymph nodes. The spleen is mentioned because it's location and thin covering makes it vulnerable to trauma and rupture with hemorrhage. ...Read more
Soft on the inside: Some parts of the body are soft on the inside and can't take a direct hit, or will rupture into pieces. Soft on the inside means not having tough fibrous strands to hold things in place. The brain is soft on the inside, but the skull protects it. The spleen is normally protected by the rib cage. In some diseases, the spleen enlarges and sticks down below the rib cage. Hit hard enough, it ruptures. ...Read more
See below: Ruptured or fractured spleen is usually from an accident, trauma, or injury. It can cause internal bleeding and left upper abdominal pain. Lab tests and likely a ct scan will make the diagnosis. Some lesser splenic injuries will heal on their own, and a major spleen injury would need surgery to remove the spleen. ...Read more
Splenomegaly: The spleen is a very vascular organ in our body responsible for many functions, but can enlarge when over-taxed by filtering damaged blood cells or fighting infection. When it is large, it is very tense and at risk for rupture (a medical emergency). People with enlarged spleens are advised against contact sports or any activity that puts them at risk for abdominal trauma. ...Read more
Injury can be trivia: Or serious. If you haven't had surgery yet, you probably fall into former category. Left upper quadrant pain with radiation to shoulder tip, palpable mass or abdominal distention, and anemia symptoms such as lightheadedness are typical symptoms, but you need an imaging test to confirm. See a doctor if you have any symptoms. ...Read more
Depends: If you have a ruptured spleen and get to hospital on time to be treated you will have a normal life; however, if splenectomy is performed, you will need to be vaccinated against encapsulated bacteria because you will be very susceptible to develop infections from such bacteria once you have no spleen. ...Read more