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Is it normal to have spleen pain when exercising?

Is it normal to have spleen pain when exercising?

No: No, I would not say that is a normal complaint. I would not hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated for the source of your pain. ...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


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Life without a spleen? Can a person live a normal life without a spleen?

Life without a spleen? Can a person live a normal life without a spleen?

For the most part: People without a spleen can lead a normal life.

Be sure you are vaccinated against these bacteria: streptococcus pneumoniae, neisseria meningitidis, and haemophilus influenzae. People without spleens are at a increased risk severe infections.

You should get yearly flu vaccine and your doctor may recommend a pneumonia vaccine.

Discuss infection risks and surgical complication with your doctor. ...Read more

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What does " spleen: normal. 1.9cm splenule noted near the inferior pole" mean?

Splenule: It means your spleen is normal, and by the way you have a little bit of extra spleen tissue separate from your spleen. This is also normal and occurs in 10% of the population. ...Read more

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Normal spleen, can it grow back from having a spleenectomy?

Normal spleen, can it grow back from having a spleenectomy?

No: Very rarely, if the spleen is injured and some of the spleen tissue implants elsewhere in the abdomen. This is very rare though, usually the spleen is gone for good. ...Read more

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Without a spleen and gallbladder can I live a normal life?

Without a spleen and gallbladder can I live a normal life?

See below: For the most part yes, except that you may have more loose stools and may have more infections. ...Read more

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When a spleen is rupture can it grow back and become a normal spleen?

When a spleen is rupture can it grow back and become a normal spleen?

Need more info: Was the spleen removed with surgery or did the ruptured spleen heal on its own? If removed it will not grow back, but small chance if there were any pieces of residual spleen that small pieces may grow. If the spleen ruptured & healed on its own then there is no change to the spleen. ...Read more

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Hoping you can tell me, is palpable spleen tip normal in a 10 month old?

Hoping you can tell me, is palpable spleen tip normal in a 10 month old?

Spleen: It can be. I am assuming that someone told you that during a physical exam. If the child is healthy and normal without any issues or concerns it's probably normal. If the child is ill, then it may not be normal, and the practitioner that found it should have explained why it's not normal or what their thoughts were. ...Read more

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When you have have spleenectomy can your spleen grow back to a normal spleen?

When you have have spleenectomy can your spleen grow back to a normal spleen?

No.: The spleen will not regenerate following its removal. However, if the spleen is shattered, sometimes a small piece may remain in the abdominal cavity and develop a new blood supply. Also, some people are born with accessory spleens that can become more functional after splenectomy. ...Read more

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Is a tumor on my normal size spleen anything to be worries about? Any additional tests recommended?

Is a tumor on my normal size spleen anything to be worries about? Any additional tests recommended?

Be more exact: We need complete information about your Spleen and the tumor. Send us the exact information from the Tests done which showed this tumor. Was it a CT scan that shows this tumor? The radiologist can indicate whether it is likely to be benign (? cystic) or potentially cancerous (size matters here). A properly done CT scan or MRI can answer your questions. Ask your doctor about all of above. ...Read more

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When a person has had a spleenectomy after a scan and they find a normal spleen what cab this be?

Regenerated Spleen!: After a splenectomy following trauma, residual splenic tissue left behind can regenerate and form a full size spleen. Alternatively, up to 30% of people can have small accessory spleens which can enlarge following splenectomy. ...Read more

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My son is 6 years old and 3 monthes ago he got the mono. And till now his spleen is verry enlarged? Is it normal?

My son is 6 years old and 3 monthes ago he got the mono. And till now his spleen is verry enlarged? Is it normal?

Infectious mono: Sometimes Spleen can remain enlarged for long time. Avoid contact sports and lifting heavy weights. ...Read more

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My rt kidney measured 10.5 x 4.1 x 4.4 My lf kidney measured 10.6 x 5.2 x 5.3. The spleen measured 9 cm. Is this normal range for a 40 yr old female?

Here are some...: Why & how did you get renal & splenic size measurement? By CT or US; for pain, infection, or? All figures may be normal for you, but make sure to always correlate with personal clinical profile so to deduce the clinical significance of these dimension. Hence, please refer this question to the ordering doctors for pertinent discussion and explanation. Best wish... ...Read more

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Is it likely for your CBC to be normal if your spleen is enlarged?

Is it likely for your CBC to be normal if your spleen is enlarged?

Depends: Some spleens remove damaged red blood cells e.g. Sickle cells or spherocytes. Some remove platelets. Other conditions can cause enlarged spleens without the above and the CBC may be normal. Your doctor should be working on finding the exact cause. ...Read more

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My daughter was diagnosed with accessory spleen at 6 months, but had a normal spleen at 2 months? What can cause this?

My daughter was diagnosed with accessory spleen at 6 months, but had a normal spleen at 2 months? What can cause this?

Normal variant: A significant number of people ~ 8-10% of the general population, according to one source, may have accessory spleens. In most, they remain undiagnosed unless an imaging study is done for some reason. There is generally no medical side effect in most cases. ...Read more

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Is it normal to feel the tip of the spleen in a thin, otherwise healthy 4 yo? He got over pneumonia about 3 weeks ago. Otherwise no other issues.

Is it normal to feel the tip of the spleen in a thin, otherwise healthy 4 yo? He got over pneumonia about 3 weeks ago. Otherwise no other issues.

Not particularly: At that age I occasionally find this on a normal physical exam. It is easier if they are on the thin side, which is where a 4 yo should be. When they are chunky it is hard to feel any normal anatomy. ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time for a ruptured spleen?

What is the normal recovery time for a ruptured spleen?

Depends on cause: Fist two aspects to recovery: 1) trauma with associated injuries 2) solely spleen issue

trauma = more time

second two aspects: 1) minimally invasive surgery 2) large incision

large incision = more time

simple case is a few days
complicated case can be several weeks

if no surgery to remove the spleen then may be several months until activity is real ease to normal. ...Read more

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Why are normal measurement limits on US vs CT different? If a spleen is 13cm on CT it's enlarged but not on US?

Why are normal measurement limits on US vs CT different? If a spleen is 13cm on CT it's enlarged but not on US?

Different techniques: Depending on the view and the physics, US measurements are considered more accurate, a radiologist can help us in this regard, how to reconcile ...Read more

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Hematologist said my spleen is upper limits normal size. All other organs ok. Can some spleens vary in size without a serious problem?

Of course: Organ size varies from one individual to another since we are not made in cookie cutters. Upper limits of normal is still normal and would be lower limits of normal. However if the spleen has enlarged since a previous, it would be a case for concern. If you are seeing a hematologist, you must have some issues which you should discuss with the hematologist. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be able to palate spleen tip in healthy thin 5 yo? He just got over pneumonia 3 weeks ago, otherwise no other symptoms.

Is it normal to be able to palate spleen tip in healthy thin 5 yo? He just got over pneumonia 3 weeks ago, otherwise no other symptoms.

Palpable spleen: If your child's immunizations are up to date, this is most likely not splenomegaly. Children are typically thin, so their organs may be more easily palpated (felt). However, if immunizations are not up to date, palpating this area is painful, or in the face of other symptoms (fever, fatigue, etc), it may be worthwhile to have the child seen by Pediatrician. ...Read more

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Pain under left rib cage that radiates to the upper back. Feels like its internal. What could this be? Xrays on ribs were normal, blood work on spleen

Pain under left rib cage that radiates to the upper back. Feels like its internal. What could this be? Xrays on ribs were normal, blood work on spleen

Many things radiant.: ..2 the upper back & 2 shoulder region. Sub diaphragm: spleen, stomach, splenic flexure of the colon, or air in the peritoneal cavity. Above the diaphragm: pulmonary, PE, pneumonia of any type. If rib imaging was normal U need a chest x-ray, & a CT of the chest/abdomen/pelvis.

Good luck! ...Read more

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I've had UTI test, blood work, all normal. I still feel like I'm sitting on a bike seat all the time, fatigue, testicular pain, swollen spleen, what?

Testicular pain: If the urine culture is negatve and on physical exam it doesn't look like protatitis you may have pudendal neuralgia. The pudendal nerve inervates the scrotum, penis, perineum, and pelvi floor muscles. Some of the symptoms include burning, stinging, irritating pain around the genitals. Painful erection and penetration, a sensation pain of a fullness in the rectum like you were sitting on something. ...Read more

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I had mono last year. It was extremely severe. I had trouble with my spleen and liver being inflamed. It swelled. Still does. Is that normal?

I had mono last year. It was extremely severe. I had trouble with my spleen and liver being inflamed. It swelled. Still does. Is that normal?

Consult your doctor.: Most of the time, mononucleosis is caused by Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. People who get it usually get better and become carriers for life. In rare cases some people develop chronic active EBV infection. Your doctor can test for this and other possible causes of your symptoms, such as hepatitis or toxoplasmosis, helping to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have slight left side and shoulder pain with mono? I know it can enlarge spleen...pain isn't severe, but aches a bit. Will I be ok?

Yes: Mononucleosis causes splenomegaly which would cause left sided abdominal pain that can radiate to the shoulder. As long as the pain isn't sudden or severe, then don't worry about it. Expect to start feeling better in a couple weeks though. Get some rest! ...Read more

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My spleen was removed 20 years ago due to sperocytosis. Platelets are now high (normal before). Is elevation a result of no spleen? Or more serious?

My spleen was removed 20 years ago due to sperocytosis. Platelets are now high (normal before). Is elevation a result of no spleen? Or more serious?

Thrombocytosis: Not sure. You should carefully review a complete blood workup with your doctor to determine the cause of your abnormal platelet count. Be sure that you have received the pneumococcal vaccine, as well as vaccines to prevent meningitis and Haemophilus influenzae. Receive prophylactic antibiotics prior to dental work. ...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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My child is suffering from thalassemia major & advised for a spleen removal operation after few weeks, is this normal?

My child is suffering from thalassemia major & advised for a spleen removal operation after few weeks, is this normal?

Thalassemia Major: Treatment for thalassemia major often involves regular blood transfusions and folate (folic acid) supplements.

If you receive blood transfusions, you should not take iron supplements. Doing so can cause a high amount of iron to build up in the body, which can be harmful.

Persons who receive significant numbers of blood transfusions need a treatment called chelation therapy to remove excess iron from the body. ...Read more

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Can Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma ever present with recurrent, interrmitent splenomegaly, where spleen is large may times, and other times normal?

Can Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma ever present with recurrent, interrmitent splenomegaly, where spleen is large may times, and other times normal?

No.: The spleen doesn't fluctuate in size like that, but I have seen the skill of various physicians differ significantly, so that an hour after a colleague feels no splenomegaly, I feel significant splenomegaly. ...Read more

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Recent bloodwork showed an IgM level less than 5 mg/dl. Other antibodies are normal. I do not have a spleen. Could this be the reason?

Recent bloodwork showed an IgM level less than 5 mg/dl. Other antibodies are normal. I do not have a spleen. Could this be the reason?

Unlikely: I find your situation interesting - both are immunologic issues. But, not having a spleen would not drop your igm levels. An isolated deficiency of igm (absence of igm) is rare. Usually it is not a problem. It might be related to your gastrointestinal issues. ...Read more

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Us normal except-"mild heterogeneity to the spleen with borderline splenomegaly. Cannot rule out lymphomatous involvement." what does this indicate?

Us normal except-"mild heterogeneity to the spleen with borderline splenomegaly. Cannot rule out lymphomatous involvement." what does this indicate?

Funky spleen: Means that the spleen is slightly enlarged and not uniform-looking but the radiologist cannot say anything else based on that test. Could be many things including (but not exclusively) a lymphoma. Your doctor may need to do additional tests depending on the clinical picture and the reason for which he/she ordered the us to begin with. Talk to him/her about its implications. Best to you. ...Read more

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In the hosp. With neutropenic percautions, and lg. Spleen thought I had leukemia did not test now my WBC are normal could I still have leukemia or no?

In the hosp. With neutropenic percautions, and lg. Spleen thought I had leukemia did not test now my WBC are normal could I still have leukemia or no?

Clarification Pls...: If I'm hearing you right, you had an illness characterized by neutropenia and a large spleen. Your dr. Was concerned you could have leukemia, but decided to wait to do a definitive test, which is a bone marrow aspirate/biopsy. Now your counts have normalized. Many infections can produce neutropenia with an enlarged spleen and overall elevated wbcs. Stay in touch with your dr until u figure it out. ...Read more