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For those. Without a spleen when should they see the doctor when they are ill?

For those. Without a spleen when should they see the doctor when they are ill?

Soon: Living without a spleen either after surgery fir trauma or other therapeutic reason, or decreased function of the spleen, for whatever reason, immunizations: against pneumococcal, meningitis, h flu should be administered + flu shots every year, chills, temperature (101 and above) fatigue, any, abnormal symtpom warrants immediate help, overwhelming post splenectomy infection could be the case, . ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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My spleen is swollen, and my hgb is at 7. Can I be losing my blood in my spleen? Will doctors be able to see the blood taken by my spleen?

My spleen is swollen, and my hgb is at 7. Can I be losing my blood in my spleen? Will doctors be able to see the blood taken by my spleen?

Hematologist: You should see a hematologist. That level of anemia is serious, an an enlarged spleen is also indicative of a problem related in your blood system. Anemia is usually due to bleeding, impaired production, or hemolysis. Hemolysis means abnormal consumption of red cells in your spleen or blood vessels. There are blood tests and ultrasound studies to investigate further. ...Read more

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How do doctors check to see if my spleen is enlarged?

How do doctors check to see if my spleen is enlarged?

Exam and CT: An enlarged spleen can usually be detected during a physical exam by feeling the abdomen. If there is a question, a CT scan would be very helpful ...Read more

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I think my spleen might be enlarged, But I can't see my doctor for about a week. I'm kind of in pain so I'm not sure what to do, should I go to ER?

I think my spleen might be enlarged, But I can't see my doctor for about a week. I'm kind of in pain so I'm not sure what to do, should I go to ER?

Yes, go to the ER: If you are in moderate to severe pain then go to the ER. Pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong. While it is unlikely to be your spleen more likely causes could be appendicitis, gall stones, kidney stones, ulcer or ovarian cyst amongst other things. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has got sharp pain on the left side of her body just under her ribs we believe that it's her spleen should she see a doctor?

My girlfriend has got sharp pain on the left side of her body just under her ribs we believe that it's her spleen should she see a doctor?

abd pain: If the pain is still there, she should definitely see a doctor to determine the cause of it. The spleen is in the left upper quadrant but it rarely causes pain. She needs to see a doctor for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can mildly enlarged liver and spleen NOT be something serious? Currently waiting to see doctor for results and I'm FREAKING OUT :)

ABSOLUTELY: Very often this is a minor viral illness/infection, something like mononucleosis. Rarely is it something serious at your age if you're in good health otherwise. If your doctor thought it was more serious, they'd likely get you into the office immediately to go over things. Since they're not too concerned from what you say here, I wouldn't get too excited. Relax, wait for your appointment. ...Read more

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I have no spleen. Have stomache issues, chills aches headache tiredness. I don't have a high temperature though it's 37. Should I still go see a doc?

I have no spleen. Have stomache issues, chills aches headache tiredness. I don't have a high temperature though it's 37. Should I still go see a doc?

Yes, please: You don't need to have high temperature, and it can still be a viral infection. I trust you received the necessary vaccines for your case such as pneumovax. Meanwhile, keep yourself well hydrated, rest and call or see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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I have a bump under my left rib cage where spleen is. It's pretty large. The doctor thinks I have mono. Is it normal to see the swollen spleen?

I have a bump under my left rib cage where spleen is. It's pretty large. The doctor thinks I have mono. Is it normal to see the swollen spleen?

Confusing question: If you can feel a bulge under your left rib cage it could be a swollen spleen. You would usually never feel one as it is usually tucked down close to the kidney and deep in the abdomen. Mono has many symptoms and a swollen spleen is one of them. You should avoid any physical activity that could increase the risk of trauma to the spleen (horseriding, bicycle riding etc.). ...Read more

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Had mono 9 yrs ago and splenomegaly for 2 yrs after. Now am having same spleen discomfort. Do I need to see my doc? (savella (milnacipran) 100mg/day past 3wks?)

Had mono 9 yrs ago and splenomegaly for 2 yrs after. Now am having same spleen discomfort. Do I need to see my doc? (savella (milnacipran) 100mg/day past 3wks?)

Whatever is causing: The discomfort now is not likely to be the same cause as 9 years ago. There are a number of causes of mono-like illnesses and this could perhaps be say CMV instead of ebv. ...Read more

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Should a person without a spleen see an immunologist or infectious disease doctor for advice on a vaccine regimen?

Should a person without a spleen see an immunologist or infectious disease doctor for advice on a vaccine regimen?

PCP can do this: Usually the vaccine advice following a splenectomy (removal of the spleen) is pretty straightforward and involves getting a pneumonia booster shot (pneumovax). Additionally the haemophilus influenza (hib) vaccine and meningitis (meningococcal) vaccines should be given either 14 days before or 14 days after a surgical splenectomy. Your primary care provider can do this. ...Read more

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Help doctors! What're warning signs of rupturing spleen?

Help doctors! What're warning signs of rupturing spleen?

Splenic rupture: If you had time to log on and write this question you probably don't have a splenic rupture. This condition requires immediate attention. The most common cause is due to blunt abdominal trauma (though there are less common nontraumatic causes). Generally when the spleen ruptures you will have left upper quadrant abdominal pain. The loss of blood can be significant and can cause shock. ...Read more

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How do doctors check for swollen spleen?

How do doctors check for swollen spleen?

Physical exam: By examining your belly and possibly ordering a ct scan. ...Read more

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I had a doctors visit recently and she said that I might have something wrong with my spleen but I'm confused on how this could happen. Any info?

I had a doctors visit recently and she said that I might have something wrong with my spleen but I'm confused on how this could happen. Any info?

Spleen: Spleen enlargement can be due to anemias, blood siseases, tumor or infection. Talk to your doc. About possibilities. ...Read more

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How do doctors treat swollen spleens caused by mono?

How do doctors treat swollen spleens caused by mono?

No treatment: There is no specific treatment. Surgery is indicated if you develop spontaneous splenic rupture. Avoid dangerous activities that can place you at risk for splenic injury. ...Read more

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Help doctors! What're your chances of living when your spleen ruptures?

Your chances are. ..: Good. Surgeons frequently see splenic injuries (ruptures) from blunt abdominal trauma. Patients who are hemodyamically stable and not actively bleeding can often be treated nonoperatively, and the spleen scars back together. Unstable, actively bleeding patients undergo operation to repair or remove the spleen. In developed countries, it is rare to die of a splenic injury these days. ...Read more

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I was told I have a spot on my spleen what are the possibilities? The doctors just shrug it off and didn't check any further.

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Trust your doctors: If it were something that warrants further study, they would have pursued it, but it isn't, best wishes ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose a ruptured spleen?

How do doctors diagnose a ruptured spleen?

CAT Scan: Rupture of the spleen most commonly occurs after blunt abdominal trauma such as a car crash. Most ers will perform a ct of the abdomen when there is suspicion of abdominal trauma; these scans are very effective in the dx. If a patient is too unstable for a ct scan, an ultrasound may be performed at bedside leading to this diagnosis, yet this test is less specific for diagnosing splenic injury. ...Read more

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Need doctor's help! What do I need to know before getting a spenectomy (removing my spleen)?

Need doctor's help! What do I need to know before getting a spenectomy (removing my spleen)?

First the indication: You need to be vaccinated for capsulated organisms, couple of wks before surgery, then booster vaccination, for h influenza, meningococcus, prophylactic antibiotics even for minor infections, to prevent sepsis. Speak to your doctor for additional information, related to your disease. ...Read more

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Doc is sending me to an infectcious disease doctor because I have a calcified spleen. What to expect?

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

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I have mono but doctors say my spleen is NOT enlarged. Can I still do light activity such as light work on elliptical?

I have mono but doctors say my spleen is NOT enlarged. Can I still do light activity such as light work on elliptical?

You should ask your: Own doctor, since she/he knows you best. The answer also depends on when you were diagnosed. The biggest risk in mono is injury to the spleen, which is more likely when it is enlarged, and most commonly occurs earlier in the illness. So, just being on the ellyptical is not a problem. However, if you fell and injured your abdomen, your spleen could be injured, especially if your spleen becomes enlarged. ...Read more

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What is making me lose my blood, almost as fast as they gave it to me? In hospital. Can the doctors tell if my spleen is taking my blood.

If you: Are in the hospital, you need to depend upon those doctors to diagnose and treat you. Don't go second-guessing on the internet. ...Read more

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This morning I woke up and the pain I've been having for over a month is getting worse. My doctor thinks spleen issue. Cant stand straight. Help?

This morning I woke up and the pain I've been having for over a month is getting worse. My doctor thinks spleen issue. Cant stand straight. Help?

C MD NOW: Sudden worsening of a pain, severe enough that you can't stand up demands immediate attention., especially if possible spleen issue. Don't know your details re: health, etc. Mono is a common issue for18 year olds, can have enlarged spleen; spleen can rupture see your doc or go to er now. ...Read more

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Doctor said I am at the last part of mono, its been 6 weeks in, my spleen is great, wondering how long till I start feeling 100% & can workout normal?

Doctor said I am at the last part of mono, its been 6 weeks in, my spleen is great, wondering how long till I start feeling 100% & can workout normal?

Hard to say: Most adults are impaired for 2-3 weeks with a subset with lingering effects for 2-3 months. The myth of a chronic mono/fatigue has been refuted (see CDC). Much of recovery time is based on pre-illness health and other individual factors. ...Read more

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I have a lesion that is aproximately 3cm in my spleen. My doctor wants a biopsy to be done. Is this safe? Would it be better just to remove the spleen

I have a lesion that is aproximately 3cm in my spleen. My doctor wants a biopsy to be done. Is this safe? Would it be better just to remove the spleen

Safe: And removing the spleen is not a better option, trust your doctors or have a second opinion if you wish, it's your right, best wishes ...Read more