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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

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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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Can u see a enlarged spleen lying on your back?

Can u see a enlarged spleen lying on your back?

Usually not: Enlarged spleens peek out from below the rib arch on the left, but won't protrude upward. Even if the abdomen is sunken in and fully relaxed, most people have enough fat and/or ab muscle to prevent it from being visible even when it is easily felt. A very large spleen (gaucher's, schistosomiasis, malaria) might be seen as an asymmetry in the upper left quadrant. ...Read more

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Baby has enlarged spleen symptoms what should we do?

See pediatrician: Your baby's pediatrician is your best resource. There are many conditions associated with an enlarged spleen - from minor to major. Depends on the disease process, your pediatrician may also involve a hematologist in taking care of your baby. ...Read more

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What can I drink with an enlarged spleen?

This says that: Both your liver and your spleen are enlarged. Don't know why those organs are enlarged. As a general rule, would discourage alcohol use if there is some form of liver illness. Ask your physician who know specifics about your case. ...Read more

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Can endoscopy affect the enlarged spleen?

Not upper endoscopy: ... But colonoscopy can theoretically be a little riskier since the splenic flexure of the colon is very close to the spleen. ...Read more

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What to do if I had enlarged spleen with lymphoma?

What to do if I had enlarged spleen with lymphoma?

Treatment lymphoma: You will need to be treated for your lymphoma. just like to other lymph nodes enlargement, the spleen will be back to normal size when the lymphoma responds to the chemotherapy. ...Read more

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How to cure or temporarily relieve inflammation of an enlarged spleen?

Before: Anyone can even venture a guess, the cause of your enlarged spleen should be determined especially if you are having some symptoms related to it. If an incidental finding, asymptomatic, no other organomegaly, and enlargement is minimal then no treatment is necessary. ...Read more

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What causes an enlarged spleen? Do not have mono.

What causes an enlarged spleen? Do not have mono.

SPLENOMEGALY: CAUSES: Many: though not that common. Typhoid, septicemia, abscess/cyst in spleen, some viral infection, malaria, toxoplasma infection; hemolytic anemias- e.g. Thalassemia, sickle cell anemia, hereditary spherocytosis; lymphoma, leukemia; some metabolic diseases; liver cirrhosis with portal vein hypertension; sarcoidosis; rheumatoid arthritis.
Sound scary, if feeling too sick, check with your doctor. ...Read more

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I am getting mono, enlarged spleen, symptoms etc.?

I am getting mono, enlarged spleen, symptoms etc.?

Yes...: Mono is a viral illness...Chinese medicine is amazing in helping recover form mono and I would suggest it highly. ...Read more

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What can you do if you have an enlarged spleen and liver?

What can you do if you have an enlarged spleen and liver?

See your doctor: It is important to determine the cause of the abnormality. Enlargement of both liver and spleen is not a trivial matter. Please see your doctor for a check and lab tests to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Crohn's disease and pancreatitis, enlarged spleen, what to do?

Crohn's disease and pancreatitis, enlarged spleen, what to do?

See your GI: You need to be seen by your gastroenterologist asap. There are several entities that could cause these findings. Pancreatitis is often a medication side effect from a crohn's disease medication. You could also have a stone in your bile ducts somewhere. You will likely need some imaging of your abdominal organs if you have not already had some. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some natural treatments for an enlarged spleen?

Cause of LG spleen?: It would be helpful to know what is causing the splenic enlargement - if it's an infection, a cancer, liver diseases or something else. Most treatments revolve around protecting the spleen when enlarged- so it doesn't burst like a balloon. So no contact sports. Wear a seat belt. See doc for preventative vaccines in case it has to come out. Natural treatments would be adjunctive. ...Read more

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What would experts say? Could a CBC be abnormal if you had an enlarged spleen?

What would experts say? Could a CBC be abnormal if you had an enlarged spleen?

Not necessarily: There are many causes for an enlarged spleen. An abnormal CBC (like too many white cells) may cause the spleen to enlarge. Or an over active enlarged spleen may cause a low HGB or hct. ...Read more

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What could cause an enlarged spleen and a fatty liver?

Long standing: Fatty liver can lead to cirrhosis, and the associated portal hypertension can produce splenomegaly. ...Read more

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How is an enlarged spleen different from a fatty liver?

How is an enlarged spleen different from a fatty liver?

Different organs: A fatty liver is a condition where excess fat cells build up in the liver and can negatively affect the function of the liver. In bad cases it can sometimes cause a type of cirrhosis. An enlarged spleen can be caused by significant liver damage from a variety of causes, or an enlarged spleen can be caused purely from spleen or blood disorders. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged spleen and slightly low wbc. What could it be?

I have an enlarged spleen and slightly low wbc. What could it be?

Many possibilities: The spleen is a store-house as well as a place to possible breakdown lymphocytes and red blood cells. In this case, I am not sure why the spleen is enlarged -- but it may be due to an increased red blood cell mass, spherocytosis, and other hematologic dyscrasias. You should probably have additional hematologic evaluation. ...Read more

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What can you eat if you have an enlarged spleen and liver? Are fatty foods prohibited?

Enlarged spleen: Most people don't know they have an enlarged spleen because symptoms are rare. People usually find out about it during a physical exam. These are the most common symptoms of an enlarged spleen:being unable to eat a large meal.
Feeling discomfort, fullness, or pain on the upper left side of the abdomen; this pain may spread to your left shoulder. ...Read more

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Enlarged Spleen (Definition)

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Anemia (Definition)

Any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood ...Read more