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Spleen Location And Can It Grow Back
Need more info: Was the spleen removed with surgery or did the ruptured spleen heal on its own? If removed it will not grow back, but small chance if there were any pieces of residual spleen that small pieces may grow. If the spleen ruptured & healed on its own then there is no change to the spleen. ...Read more
Yes: About one person in four has a miniature second spleen and this will enlarge if the main one is removed. This is common. Even if you think this has happened, you should still be immunized against pneumococcus and should remain vigilant against the bacteria to which you're extra-vulnerable -- get seen at once for any fever that's not obviously a mild viral illness. ...Read more
Surprise! Surprise!: You'd get a return receipt requested letter from the spleen,informing you that it had risen from the field of retained splenic tissue if most of it had been removed surgically-maybe with a footnote attached from any hidden teeny weeny accessory spleens that took over for BigDaddy.Oh,sorry,I meant a letter about the Ultrasound or CT test that found it/them inadvertently when taken for other reasons ...Read more
No. : The spleen will not regenerate following its removal. However, if the spleen is shattered, sometimes a small piece may remain in the abdominal cavity and develop a new blood supply. Also, some people are born with accessory spleens that can become more functional after splenectomy. ...Read more
Left side pain in location of spleen under rib cage. Pain increases whenever I lean back or breathe in. Started 3 days ago, same pain level.
Evaluation needed: Three days of this discomfort requires an evaluation by a physician who will take a thorough history and perform a careful physical examination in order to make a diagnosis.Appropriate tests will be ordered. Possibilities include muscular discomfort, spleen or left lower lobe lung pathology ,even a pinched intercostal nerve or a rib injury. ...Read more
Accessory spleen: About 10 percent of people have an accessory spleen. In some cases, this can also be due to part of the original spleen taking hold and growing as an autotransplant, also called splenosis. These accessory spleens can be functional, and depending on the reason for the original splenectomy, this may be of clinical significance or not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spleen pain: is rare. In the absence of abdominal trauma, or some hypercoagulability of the blood causing infarction, spleen pain is very rare. More likely would be gas pain from the left colon or musculoskeletal pain. If it continues to be bothersome, see your primary care for evaluation. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
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