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Spleen Diseases In Children
Spleen diseases: = disorders or pathologic conditions affecting the spleen. ...Read more
Doc is sending me to an infectcious disease doctor because I have a calcified spleen. What to expect?
No concerns: The doctor is simply wanting to make sure that the calcifications are not alarming or anything to worry about. It will likely just be a question and answer session with the possibility of some imaging to ensure everything appears normal. Nothing to worry about at this point. ...Read more
Yes: There are many diseases of the spleen. These can be a variety of infections that occur in the spleen, cancer can metastasize to the spleen, occasionally a lymphoma can start in the spleen, the spleen can be enlarged from cirrhosis or other conditions, and the spleen can be involved in destroying abnormal blood cells. ...Read more
Most of the time: "hypersplenism" or enlarged spleen is a normal reaction by the spleen as it act as a filter for blood cells, bacteria, viruses; cirrhosis also gives rise to enlarged spleen due to portal congestion. Lymphoid cancers may occur in the spleen itself, causing enlargement. Another direct cause from spleen itself is an abscess due to infection or recent trauma. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my dr is sending me to an infectcious disease doctor because I have a calcified spleen.?
See him: A calcification in the spleen can be several things including a parasitic infection. ...Read more
See a hepatologist: You need to consult with a gastroenterologist who specializes in liver disorders. Good luck. ...Read more
No: It is extremely unlikely for splenic enlargement to be related to gallbladder disease. In very rare events, such as long term bile duct obstruction from gallbladder disease, it could happen. Bile duct obstruction could cause liver damage which could cause portal hypertension which would cause splenic enlargement. Once again, this would be extremely rare. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of your liver shutting down does end stage liver disease cause pain in your spleen?
Cirrhosis: Causes high portal pressure and causes pressure on spleen and can cause pain, yes. In addition, it can cause varices in the esophagus which can bleed, fluid in the belly, jaundice, confusion, liver flap or shake, increased blood vessels in chest and abdomen (spiders and caput) rapid breathing, and finally will cause kidney to fail and its associated symptoms. ...Read more
See your GI: You need to be seen by your gastroenterologist asap. There are several entities that could cause these findings. Pancreatitis is often a medication side effect from a crohn's disease medication. You could also have a stone in your bile ducts somewhere. You will likely need some imaging of your abdominal organs if you have not already had some. ...Read more
Probably not GB: Gallbladder disease, most frequently cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder, does not cause enlarged spleen. Under very unusual circumstances, bacterial infection could cause some response or abscess in the spleen. More often, enlarged spleen or splenomegaly is a reflection of liver disorder, in which the gallbladder may also be affected. Check with your doctor. ...Read more
Not traditionally: The term "chronic Lyme disease" refers to the symptoms of continued headache, joint pains, fatigue, and sometimes cognitive difficulties that can continue to occur for months after the initial infection and antibiotic course. Gastrointestinal involvement as with the liver and gallbladder suggest another diagnosis. ...Read more
Can the spleen swell due to stomach diseases? Or could the spleen be swollen from mono 7 months ago?
Could an autoimmune disorder cause an enlarged spleen and lymph nodes on day but then normal sized a few weeks later?
Yes: Variation in disease activity is often routine. ...Read more
What are some reasons that your spleen would be enlarged? I have celiacs disease and just recently had a kidney stone would that cause spleen issue
Do some children gets an enlarged spleen with all viruses? My son already had mono but he seems to get a slightly enlarged spleen whenever he's sick.
Not with all viruses: Mononucleosis does cause splenic enlargement but all viruses do not cause splenic enlargement. But there are others beside the Ebstein Barr Virus which causes mononucleosis. Cytomegalo virus causes it. But you say it get enlarged whenever he is sick. I suggest you discuss with your pediatrician if it is of concern. If it goes down after his illness. Then I see no problem. Discuss with his Pediatrician ...Read more
Do viruses affect the spleen? Are there any viral diseases that affect the spleen, much like they do the liver or pancreas?
Sure: As an example, the epstein-barr virus that causes classical mononucleosis causes the spleen to enlarge. ...Read more
What systemic blood system disorder could present with labs showing low wbc, neutropenia and lg spleen it normalizes and a month later is low again?
See hematologist: Advice for you-get a consult! Not internet answer! ...Read more
My spleen is dying and im in bad pain and told have a genetic blood clot disorder. So was my spleen hit by a blood clot?
Spleen: This is probably the cause of the pain. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my spleen is dieing imin bad pain and told have a genetic blood clot disorder my spleen was hit by blood clot?
Learn more: It's common for blood clots to follow blood flow to the spleen, and if a part of it has been infarcted (died from lack of blood flow) it's not a big deal though it can be uncomfortable. It's important you learn the name of the disease that affects your blood clotting, and whether it needs to be managed. Best wishes. Be proactive. ...Read more
I just got scratched in several places on my abdomen by a cat. Will not having a spleen make me more likely to get cat scratch disease?
A splenic: Not having a spleen will make you more at risk for many types of bacterial infections, especially those of "encapsulated organisms." streptococcus, heamophilus, neiseria. Cat scratch disease does travel through the lymphatic system but usually regionally from the lymph node near the scratch site which are intact in you. Luckily it is rare, but as an a-splenic be cautious with all infections. ...Read more