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Supplements To Help The Spleen
Other than ginger, what supplements can I take to promote a healthy GI tract, and perhaps help my swollen spleen to shrink?
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Can mild iron deficiency cause an enlarged spleen? If so, would spleen automatically return to normal with iron supplement?
My mom had her spleen removed due to cancer, and her immune system isn't good. Are there certain vitamins/supplements that might help?
Not specifically: Having a spleen removed makes a person more susceptible to specific types of infection, but taking specific vitamins or supplements are not likely to be any better than just maintaining overall good nutrition. Depending on the type and severity of her cancer, she may have a depressed immune system, not to mention the effects of chemo (if she's on it). ...Read more
In addition to having a fun name to pronounce, the spleen filters and helps recycle blood cells, and helps fight certain types of infections.
Here is some further information on the spleen.
http://www. Webmd. Com/digestive-disorders/picture-of-the-spleen. ...Read more
See a surgeon. ..: Promptly. General or trauma surgeons care for patients with abdominal injuries, including splenic lacerations. Many stable patients can be treated with bedrest and observation, and the spleen will scar back together. Unstable patients go to operation with either removal of the spleen (splenectomy) or repair of the spleen (splenorrhaphy). ...Read more
Spleen white pulp:
(Pulp = soft fleshy shapeless mass) the white pulp of the spleen is the the lymphoid tissue part of the spleen, contains white blood cells, traps microbes, produces antibodies, together with the red pulp, intermingled, form the splenic tissue.
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Many reasons: One of the functions of the spleen is the trapping and destruction of antibody-coated cells from the blood stream. This can result in severe anemia and thrombocytopenia in autoimmune conditions where platelets (ITP) or RBC's (hemolytic anemia) are coated with antibodies. Splenectomy may be needed to restore RBC and platelet levels to normal. Splenic trauma and other disorders also need splenectomy ...Read more
Depends.: It depends on why you believe your spleen is a problem. If you have been told specifically by a doctor that you have a splenic disorder, then you need to see either a hematologist or a surgeon, depending on what the initial doctor who suspected the problem feels is most appropriate. If, however, you just suspect the spleen, you should see your primary care doctor first to verify it. Good luck. ...Read more
Depends...: On the cause. If you have one of the marrow disorders for which splenectomy is a good idea, or a storage disease causing hypersplenism, perhaps that spleen will be coming out. This is a question best discussed with your physician. ...Read more
Depends: Splenic rupture may be life threatening. This depends on the degree of "rupture". Severe pain in back or upper abdomen after trauma requires immediate medical attention. Surgery may be required but in some instances, in hospital observation is all that is required as small ruptures can heal on their own. Abrupt onset of light headedness requires immediate evaluation. ...Read more
Yes: Although very rare, an aneurysm of the artery that feeds the spleen can give one the impression that the spleen may be "beating". This can usually be diagnosed by an ultrasound of the abdomen. Keep in mind that the spleen sits right below the diaphragm on the left side and the heart is just above the diaphragm on the left, so you may simply be feeling your heart beating. ...Read more
A variety of choices: One will be more information to help guide you. Your physician will have to help guide you as whether it's a cyst, a granuloma which could be from previous infection, or other type of change ...Read more
Yes: Ann, the spleen lies in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen. Several conditions, such as mono, can cause problems with the spleen, but the lung, diaphragm, stomach, and colon are all nearby, and can cause pain in that location. If you have symptoms that aren't improving, see your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Often: Splenectomy can often improve ITP, but there are always exceptions. You should also realize that once your spleen is removed, your body will have a more difficult time fighting bacterial infections caused by encapsulated bacteria like streptococcus pneumoniae. As with any surgery, you should carefully discuss all options with your doctor. Once your spleen is removed they can't put it back. ...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
Unlikely: The most common cause of splenic injury is blunt trauma that occurs folllowing motor vehicle crashes. The degree of injury can vary from a mild bruise, to a tear, to a frank rupture. The spleen is a very vascular organ; if the injury is severe, life-threatening bleeding can occur that, if left untreated, can lead to death. Thankfully, most people make it to the er before that occurs. ...Read more
Depends on: Reason for splenectomy. Other than immediate complications such as hemorrhage, infection, or injury to adjacent organs, two potential problems. If you had it for reasons other than trauma, you are at increased risk of thromboembolic disease from increased platelets. All patients who have had splenectomy are at small increased risk of infection with pneumococcus, so they should get pneumovax. ...Read more
Depends: Generally very good if you get early medical care. ...Read more
Unpredictable: Splenic trauma puts one at-risk for internal bleeding, the severity of which varies by the degree of injury. When evaluated w/a ct scan & monitored in a hospital setting, some people may avoid surgery; others require life-saving splenectomy. Therefore, ones chances of surviving splenic rupture in a hospital setting are very high; outside the hospital, unpredictable and dangerous. ...Read more