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What is the connection between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

What is the connection between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

Hemolysis: Enlarged spleen is usually seen in anemia whenthe rbc is fragile. Many disorders can cause this. Fragile rbcs can then be broken down in the spleen (a process referred to as hemolysis). This causes different levels of anemia and an enlarged spleen. Often jaundice can be seen as well. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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What is the relationship between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

What is the relationship between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

Sequestration: Sometimes the body inappropriately starts chewing up your blood cells. The blood gets filtered in the spleen. The chewed up blood cells "clog the filter" in the spleen and the spleen gets enlarged. ...Read more

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What is the connection between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

Hemolysis: Enlarged spleen is usually seen in anemia whenthe rbc is fragile. Many disorders can cause this. Fragile rbcs can then be broken down in the spleen (a process referred to as hemolysis). This causes different levels of anemia and an enlarged spleen. Often jaundice can be seen as well. ...Read more

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Please help! what is the relation between an enlarged spleen and anemia?

Many things: The cause of the anemia and the cause of the enlarged spleen may be related or possibly may not. Anemia may be specifically related to iron deficiency or other deficiency or bleeding or breakup of blood cells. Enlarged spleen may be related to a viral process or perhaps a more serious disorder. Regardless, you must be seen by a hematologist and evaluated. Good luck! ...Read more

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What to do if I have all the symptoms of enlarged spleen except anemia?

What to do if I have all the symptoms of enlarged spleen except anemia?

How do you know?: Enlarged spleen is rather a professional diagnosis, unless your spleen is 3 or 4 times its original size, then you would be sick enough and be under medical care. Kindly see your doctor for assessment have a second opinion if you aren't satisfied, but try not to assume, goodluck ...Read more

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What should I do if I have all the symptoms of enlarged spleen except anemia?

See details: What symptoms are you actually attributing to an enlarged spleen? If you are concerned, have a doctor evaluate the issue. ...Read more

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Blood showed severe iron def no anemia;taking 65mg iron 3x a day for month.Ferritin only up to 26.2 in this weeks test.Have enlarged spleen.What cause?

Blood showed severe iron def no anemia;taking 65mg iron 3x a day for month.Ferritin only up to 26.2 in this weeks test.Have enlarged spleen.What cause?

More info is needed: Severe iron deficiency needs to be explained---poor nutrition, menstrual blood loss, blood in stool--to clarify these issues is critical--the explanation for enlarged spleen may be as simple as a viral process or it could be significantly more of an issue. Your doctor needs to do some evaluations. Good luck.--or see an hematologist. ...Read more

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CT showed splenomegaly. Blood work had high RDW, low creatinine, and low MCH (anemia?); other CBC normal. How could anemia be related to spleen?

CT showed splenomegaly. Blood work had high RDW, low creatinine, and low MCH (anemia?); other CBC normal. How could anemia be related to spleen?

Splenomegaly: It isn't clear from what you say whether your hemoglobin itself is truly abnormal or whether just the RDW and MCH are altered. These in themselves do not define anemia. A large spleen may be related to trapping altered red cells, or actually making more blood (extramedullary hemopoiesis.) Often a high RDW means that there is increased production of immature red cells after destruction in spleen ...Read more

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Can a bad gallbladder have a connection to an enlarged spleen? Hida: gallbladder is not working and u/s says that my spleen index is 900 too.CBC OK.

Not usually,: but there are uncommon conditions such as hereditary spherocytosis which can result in gallstones and splenomegaly. Also, viral inflammatory processes could potentially affect gallbladder function and also cause an enlarged spleen. But in any case, it is not the gallbladder problem that is causing the enlarged spleen, it is a separate process causing both. Of course, they may also be unrelated. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Enlarged Spleen (Definition)

An enlarged spleen is a clinical finding in which the spleen is larger than in a normal, healthy person. This can occur with infections, diseases of ...Read more