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Splenic Infarction In Children
No Blood to Spleen: A splenic infarction occurs when there is not enough blood going to the spleen to give it nutrients & oxygen its cells need to survive. Anything that cuts off blood supply to the spleen can cause an infarct. Ex. Trauma causing blood vessels to be destroyed, sickle cell anemia & other problems that lead to clogged arteries going to the spleen, autoimmune disease, blood cell disease, emboli, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
An infarct is simply tissue that is devoid of blood circulation, usually leading to death of the cells downstream to the blockage. The spleen is part of the immune system in the left upper quadrant. A splenic infarct is when a part or all of the spleen's circulation is interrupted causing part of the spleen to shrink or die. It is often associated with pain in the ...Read more
Description below: An infarct is simply tissue that is devoid of blood circulation, usually leading to death of the cells downstream to the blockage. The spleen is part of the immune system in the left upper quadrant. A splenic infarct is when a part or all of the spleen's circulation is interrupted causing part of the spleen to shrink or die. It is often associated with pain in the area and sometimes fever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was just diagnosed with splenic infarction. The hospital couldn`t give me much info. What do I need to do and how long does the pain last?Dangerous?
My husband has a very large splenic infarction caused when they had to embolize his splenic artery. Does his spleen need to be removed?
I understand that when blood flow has been cutoff to the spleen it is a splenic infarction. How long can one live with this if no surgery is done?
It's not fatal: You can infarct whole chunks of your spleen and it'll grow back; the infarct ends up as a little white shrunken divot. You won't know it's happening. Infarcting the entire spleen is unusual except in sickle cell disease, where it's usually gone in childhood with most folks none the worse apart from being more vulnerable to pneumococci (get immunized) and other bacteria (be vigilant). ...Read more
Ok I had a spleenic infarction the dr told me basically it was a ruptured spleen and should get better and it still hurts after 8 months ?
Why infarction?: You should find out why you had an infarction. For ex - if you have blood clots in the heart they can continue to cause problems to your spleen. If you now have a cyst in the spleen it may be growing and causing pain. In the absence of fever it is unlikely to be an infection. I would get a ct scan to see if anything has changed in your spleen. It may give clues to your pain or underlying problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Splenic infarcts: Sometimes. The main causes of splenic infarcts are clots (thrown from the heart which can be from a heart valve infection or an enlarged heart w/ blood pooling then clotting; or due to someone w/a disease wh/causes clots like sickle cell or cancer), a rapidly enlarging spleen outgrowing its blood supply (infections like mono/cmv or certain blood diseases); rarely autoimmune diseases cause infarcts. ...Read more
Can you get a spleen infarction from having hidradenitis suppurativa i went to the hospital and they told me i had a infarction of the spleen?
No: This is separate problem from your hidradenitis. ...Read more
I have a spleen infarction and it's not big at all. But I'm having the worse pain on my left side. I got it from my gastric sleeve surgery on the 16th?
Wait and see...: Sorry to hear that. At this time, it is better to leave it along as long as slowly but surely getting better day by day and having additional systemic symptoms. Of course, ask and discuss all related issues so to see what needs to be done in reality; remember oftentimes time & patience are the best medications despite not being as well as expected. All the best to health.... ...Read more
Intermittent sharp pain in upper left side for a couple days. Past splenic infarct. Should I see Dr? What could be causing this to happen?
Yes: Given the history of a past splenic infarct (do you still have the spleen?) I would call your doctor for appointment ...Read more
Splenic infarct: It's possible but until a hematologist does the work up and gives you the clean bill of health that it was just a coincidence, i would not just right it off. Last time i looked, this is not a terribly common thing to happen unless there is trauma and the spleen is an incredibly important organ. ...Read more
Cbc shows no sign of underlying condition after having a splenic infarct. Should i still be worried that there could be a condition that hasn't showed?
Possibly: Unless you had some accident, with an injury to your spleen or you are known to have a very enlarged spleen, further testing is often done by a hematologist and cardiologist. Hematologists check for conditions that cause blood to clot excessively. Cardiologists rule out heart conditions that can cause a small clot to flow into and block the artery of the spleen. See if these tests were done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does having a splenic infarct always mean something else is going on? Such as autoimmune or cancer?
Usually: Splenic infarct common in sickle cell disease and gaucher disease, from thrombosis. Clot formation in infections (such as infectious mononucleosis, cytomegalovirus infection, malaria. Hematological malignancies such as leukemia etc. Idiopathic venous thrombosis can also be etiology. ...Read more
Splenic infarct diagnosed jan '13. Currently running fever between 99.7-100.7 for 8 days. Dr said b/c of spleen nothing he can offer. Any advice?
Source of infection: In my surgical training i had a few similar patients with ur complaints & the spleen was a source of infection and was seeding episodes of sepsis with fever and chills. The cure was slenectomy & the symptoms never returned & the spleen cultures were positive 4 bacteria. Not common but it is an idea. ...Read more
Splenic infarct and now dr says he wishes he could ff 2 yrs so we will know what is wrong with me either autoimmune or cancer? Is he right? Scared!
Splenic infarction: I didn't understand what u mean by ff . The cause of splenic infarction doesn't have to be always bad ones. Ofcourse there are possibilities of malignancy but there are other causes like rhythm problems with heart or atherosclerosis of blood vessels. We have to try and find out the cause, follow with your doc. ...Read more
When the blood supply of a tissue is compromised by whatever mechanism, the tissue will stop working and if blood flow is not restored, the tissue will eventually die ("infarct", both verb and noun). The clinical picture that runs with development of an infarct ("heart attack"; ...Read more
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