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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

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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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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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Doc said that the good news is I've passed the worst part of mono, my spleen is safe & now my count is lowering (good). So When will I be over this?

Doc said that the good news is I've passed the worst part of mono, my spleen is safe & now my count is lowering (good). So When will I be over this?

Varies: Most adults are symptomatic for up to 2-3 weeks while a minority have lingering effects for 2-3 months. The myth about a chronic mono that lasts for years has been refuted by the CDC. ...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