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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?

Physical exam: The spleen typically lies in the left upper abdomen, and under normal circumstances, in most people, cannot be felt or palpated as it is too high up behind the left rib cage. When it is enlarged, the doctor may feel it by having you take a deep breath in then out-causing the diaphragm to contract, pushing the spleen down and allowing the tip to be palpated. Serial exams helpful to monitor. ...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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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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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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