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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Splenic Infarction

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Does splenic infarction usually cause many symptoms?

Does splenic infarction usually cause many symptoms?

Sometimes: A lot of time you feel nothing, but sometimes it can be very painful on the left upper part of the abdomen. You can get fevers and chills too. A ct scan of the abdomen can confirm this diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Splenic Infarction (Definition)

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


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What causes a splenic infarction?

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 more

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Can you die from a splenic infarction?

Can you die from a splenic infarction?

Yes, but unlikely: A very large splenic infarction can be fatal, but this is unusual. The underlying cause of the infarction needs to be determined, and treatment suggested. Atrial fibrillation or other heart rhythm disturbance is a common cause of splenic infarction. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: splenic infarction?

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 more

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What is the treatment for splenic infarction?

What is the treatment for splenic infarction?

Symptomatic: Treat the symptoms like pain etc. But if the infarction is extensive, probably splenectomy. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Doctor: I assume this was diagnosed as a result of CT scan of the abdomen after ER visit. You need prescription medicine for pain relief but you are already on Lortab. You have Factor V Leiden which is a cause of splenic infarction. Be sure a doctor is following you. Good luck. ...Read more

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My husband has a very large splenic infarction caused when they had to embolize his splenic artery. Does his spleen need to be removed?

My husband has a very large splenic infarction caused when they had to embolize his splenic artery. Does his spleen need to be removed?

Not necessarily: Is he having a lot of pain? Is the original issue that required arterial embolization still active? How much of the vascular arcade was embolized? It is in your husband's best interest to keep in touch with the doc who performed the procedure. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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 more

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Is a spleen infarction cause by some type of bacteria infection?

Is a spleen infarction cause by some type of bacteria infection?

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

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Can you have a splenic infarct and have no underlying condition?

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

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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 more

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Does having a splenic infarct always mean something else is going on? Such as autoimmune or cancer?

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

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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?

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

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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

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What does infarct on spleen mean and how is it treated. What tests need to be performed.

Compromised tissue: An infarct is a decrease in blood supply to an area. In the spleen if the tissues don't get blood supply the tissue becomes necrotic and infarcts. Te good news is that if the majority of the splenic tissue is healthy. ...Read more

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Would smoking cause a splenic infarct in a 32yr old female who is not on birth control?

Would smoking cause a splenic infarct in a 32yr old female who is not on birth control?

Possible: Smoking increases blood clotting in the entire body. So, it may not be the main cause, but it could definitely contribute. Now that she has an infarct, she really needs to quit. ...Read more

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Splenic infarct 7mo ago dr want to remove spleen still have pain low grade fevers fatigue scared of the risk of no spleen opinions on to have or not?

Spleen concerns: This is a complicated issue. First, the issue of why, at 32, you had a splenic infarct? Were you on a birth control pill, if not I would suggest blood tests to check for abnormal blood coagulation. How much of the spleen was damaged? Removing it increases your risk of infection for the rest of your life, so there has to be a good reason to do it. Have other causes of fever been checked? ...Read more

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Would a splenic infarct that ended with about 50% necrosis be enough the suppress my immune system? Could it cause oral thrush as a side effect?

Would a splenic infarct that ended with about 50% necrosis be enough the suppress my immune system? Could it cause oral thrush as a side effect?

No, and no.: Half a spleen still works very well, and absence of spleen suppresses response to bloodborne infections, not superficial ones like thrush. You have to look for a different cause. ...Read more

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How long should splenic infarct last? Severe pain gone except for on occasion. Still have low grade fever & mild pain occasionally. Please give advice

How long should splenic infarct last? Severe pain gone except for on occasion. Still have low grade fever & mild pain occasionally. Please give advice

Splenic infarct: It may take a few months to complete get scared, however, as soon as active inflammation subsides, it should feel much better. This may take 3-4 weeks roughly. ...Read more

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Most common underlying condition that causes splenic infarct when you do not have sickle cell or heart problem? Seemingly healthy 32 yr old female.

Most common underlying condition that causes splenic infarct when you do not have sickle cell or heart problem? Seemingly healthy 32 yr old female.

Mist common are: Malignant hematologic conditions like leukemia, lymphoma and myelofibrosis; hypercoagulable states like protein s and c deficiency and lupus anticoagulant; autoimmune/collagen vascular disease like systemic lupus erythematosus. These are few of the most common ones. Hope it helpful you. ...Read more

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Would a splenic infarct still be affecting a CBC after 7 months? Rbc hemoglobin hematocrit absolute immat. Granulocytes platelets all still elevated.

Would a splenic infarct still be affecting a CBC after 7 months? Rbc hemoglobin hematocrit absolute immat. Granulocytes platelets all still elevated.

More info needed: A splenic infarct, by itself, shouldn't have all those affects. If your spleen is hyperactive you can have low counts, and if it is big and making extra cells (ie: extracellular hematopoesis) which is found in certain hematologic conditions, you may have elevated cells.
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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Infarction (Definition)

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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more