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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

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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

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

Alcohol: There are many causes of enlarged liver and spleen, however, the most common thing people do intentionally that causes this abnormality is drink excessively that causes fatty liver and cirrhosis. Other diseases, like infections, leukemias, lymphomas can also cause enlargement of these organs. ...Read more

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What do you do when you have an enlarged spleen? The hospital said I have an enlarged spleen and I keep getting infections. I'm going on my fifth one in three months.

Hello.: Hello. It would be important to know things such as whether your are immunosuppressed for any reason. Is the spleen enlarged due to your recent infections or is just consistently enlarged. There are many possible reasons for spleenomagly (enlarged spleen): mononucleosis, bacterial infections, aids, viral hepatitis, parasites, some types of anemia, leukemia, lymphomas, and a number of other disorders. If it hasn't already been done, I would ask your doctor to do a comprehensive workup so the that cause can be determined. ...Read more

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If you have an enlarged spleen from mono, can you feel it?

Depends: It depends on how big it is... If it is big enough for you to feel... You need to see a doctor and avoid any activities that may put you at risk for rupture of the spleen. ...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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Will smoking marijuana rupture your spleen if you have an enlarged spleen from mononucleosis (recreational use only)?

Will smoking marijuana rupture your spleen if you have an enlarged spleen from mononucleosis (recreational use only)?

Marijuana: Health: Nope. Absolutely not. I would be curious where you got this myth. Marijuana is an herb that is used to stimulate hunger in those not eating, to calm a stomach in crisis with nausea, vomiting or cramping. It is less dangerous than alcohol or other illicit substances.

It does have an addictive potential and so recreational use should not be something done every day. ...Read more

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If you have an enlarged spleen that can be seen & felt, have a fungal throat infection, taken diflucan (fluconazole) & amox, would you have other spleen symptoms?

If you have an enlarged spleen that can be seen & felt, have a fungal throat infection, taken diflucan (fluconazole) & amox, would you have other spleen symptoms?

Splenomegaly: An enlarged spleen usually is a reflection of some underlying disease process, and there are many possibilities. There are not many symptoms directly attributable to an enlarged spleen other than right upper quadrant pain and tenderness w possible radiation to the shoulder, sometime hiccoughs, anemia, fatigue, frequent infections and easy bleeding. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have an enlarged spleen?

How do I know if I have an enlarged spleen?

You won't.: Someone's gotta check. That's the simplest method. It's part of a basic physical exam. Otherwise CT or MRI. Enlarged spleens aren't painful, but can rupture easily. Mono (EBV) enlarges spleens. Trauma, can too, from bleeding. A bonehead once drove into me while in a crosswalk, from the left. Thankfully I flew up overhead. Felt fine, but rescue insisted on a CT (it was normal). ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have an enlarged spleen?

What exactly does it mean to have an enlarged spleen?

Something is wrong: Many internal disorders can cause your spleen to enlarge. Some common conditions include cirrhosis of the liver and blood disorders like chronic leukemias of different types can be the cause. You should seek consultation with a blood specialist to examine you and investigate the cause. ...Read more

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Why is it dangerous to have an enlarged spleen?

It can rupture: It can rupture causing internal bleeding that can only be stopped with either surgery or a radiologic procedure. It can also cause early satiety (getting full quickly after eating), and pain. ...Read more

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I think I have an enlarged spleen because where my sleep is sticks out more that anyother place. Is that a symptom?

I think I have an enlarged spleen because where my sleep is sticks out more that anyother place. Is that a symptom?

Enlarged spleen: It needs to be at least 3 times as much it's size to stick out the way you described, then you would have other symptoms not just spleen felt, if you believe you do have an enlarged spleen, kindly see your doctor for evaluation ...Read more

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Can a toddler have an enlarged spleen without any other symptoms? What would be the cause? Would symptoms eventually show up?

Spleen Enlargement:: Spleen lies in left upper quadrant of abdomen, under the rib cage. Normally not palpable, when palpable means-, double sized. Sometimes palpable spleen seen without any cause, resolves. Common cause: hemolytic anemia, e.g. Sickle cell, thalassemia, heriditary spherocytosis, pyruvate kinase deficiency, etc. Mono infection in children and adolescent causes enlargement. Talk to his pediatrician. ...Read more

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If I have an enlarged spleen from mono, should I wear a seatbelt?

Yes, please!: The spleen is one of the most common organs injured following car crashes. It is common for the spleen to enlarge with mono; this makes you more susceptible to splenic injury. Wearing a seat belt will decrease your risk of trauma to the spleen. ...Read more

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Hey I just found out I have an enlarged spleen and liver what is the best thing to take?

Hepatosplenomegaly: Lymphoma, Burkitt
Alpha-1-Antitrypsin DefFiciency
Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn
Cystic Fibrosis
Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome
Toxoplasmosis
Tuberculosis
Anemia, Sideroblastic
Torch Infections
Wilms Tumor
Cardiomyopathy, End Stage
Cirrhosis, Primary Biliary
Leishmaniasis
Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
Histoplasmosis
Typhoid Fever
Leukemia, Acute Myeloid
Candidiasis, Invasive
Psittacosis
HIV
EBV


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Will it hurt to take a bath if I have an enlarged spleen?

Will it hurt to take a bath if I have an enlarged spleen?

It shouldn't: Enlarged spleens can rupture so it is very important to treat them gingerly. Baths are okay but try not to make sudden movements or engage in strenuous activity. ...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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I have an enlarged spleen can I still drink alcohol?

I have an enlarged spleen can I still drink alcohol?

Depends: That depends on why you have an enlarged spleen. If it's due to cirrhosis or any other liver disease, you should not drink alcohol. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged spleen and I'm getting a lot of pain in that area like a burning sensation should I go to the emergency room?

Depends.: Splenic rupture without trauma is unusual and does not typically give a burning sensation. Risk of rupture is really related to the reason your spleen is enlarged and how enlarged it is. Neoplasms, infections, inflammatory diseases and drugs lead the list. You might be at a slightly increased risk because of your age, but again your baseline risk seems low and symptoms are not worrisome. ...Read more

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I am 18 and my doctor told me I have an enlarged spleen after several visits with countless symptomes. She is doing nothing about it what should I do?

I am 18 and my doctor told me I have an enlarged spleen after several visits with countless symptomes. She is doing nothing about it what should I do?

May be right: The spleen is the largest lymph node in your body & will enlarge for several potential reasons, .The most common would be mono, for which there is no treatment & the spleen swelling goes down within weeks/months. They advise no horse riding or contact sports while it is enlarged but there is no treatment. Other causes of enlargement would require more testing. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged spleen for over a year. And now also have an enlarged liver. I would like to know can these be related and how so. Treatmnt option?

I have an enlarged spleen for over a year. And now also have an enlarged liver. I would like to know can these be related and how so. Treatmnt option?

Probably: There is probably a related reason that your liver and spleen are enlarged. You need to see someone who deals with liver disease; a gastroenterologist or hepatologist. Treatment options can be discussed once the cause of the enlarged organs is determined. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged spleen a cyst on it too and aneurysm splenic. I havw been sick and now smell a burning smell? That's some of the health.

I have an enlarged spleen a cyst on it too and aneurysm splenic. I havw been sick and now smell a burning smell? That's some of the health.

See your doctor: This is not an issue which can be addressed over the internet. You need to be seen, examined and diagnosed by a professional ASAP. Answers on HealthTap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. ...Read more

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I was told I have an enlarged spleen and my wbc, and platelets were low how often should they be checked for changes?

I was told I have an enlarged spleen and my wbc, and platelets were low how often should they be checked for changes?

Find the cause: If this is mild gaucher's disease, a touch of rheumatoid arthritis, or something similar, it'll be your physician's call based on how low the levels are and whether this warrant's a diagnosis of felty's. If the explanation is unclear and your physician is perhaps seeking a primary hematopoietic disease, expect an in-depth workup. Wishing you good luck. Treat people, not lab values. ...Read more

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Been seen by multiple doctors, I have an enlarged spleen (8cm below lcm)pancytopenia high ldh and sed rate. What could cause this, my drs are stumped

Difficult to answer: A question like this would benefit from a HealthTap Prime consult, with labwork, biopsy results, and scan reports texted during the consultation. Knowing the full history and specific details would be extremely valuable. ...Read more

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I think I may have an enlarged spleen, Pain under left ribs and feel something protruding a bit. Called Dr can't get in for a week, should I go to ER?

I think I may have an enlarged spleen, Pain under left ribs and feel something protruding a bit. Called Dr can't get in for a week, should I go to ER?

Not an emergency: If the pain is bearable and you are able to eat without vomiting and sleep without any sign of fever etc. You can wait a few days to see your doctor for a definitive assessment. This may require some blood testing and or imaging study to confirm finding and figure out cause. If not feeling well in general, you should seek immediate assistance at your local hospital ED. Good luck:) ...Read more

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I believe I have an enlarged spleen. My left side and left shoulder are hurting simultaneous. When my stomach is empty I feel it but it is not that bad. When my stomach is full I then feel it at its worse especially when I breath in deeply. I read that an

I believe I have an enlarged spleen. My left side and left shoulder are hurting simultaneous. When my stomach is empty I feel it but it is not that bad. When my stomach is full I then feel it at its worse especially when I breath in deeply. I read that an

Splenomegaly: Or enlarged spleen occurs from infections, or from disorders of the blood producing cells. Liver disease can also cause the spleen to enlarge. An exam by a physician can determine easily whether yours is enlarged or not, and the cause. Visit your primary care soon. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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I have an enlarged spleen, drenching night sweats, a cough, and slight difficulty breathing. I have no way to be seen, but what could this be? Mono?

I have an enlarged spleen, drenching night sweats, a cough, and slight difficulty breathing. I have no way to be seen, but what could this be? Mono?

Don't think is mono: If it was mono, your most prominent symptoms would be fatigue, sore throat, difficulty swallowing and very swollen neck glands. You did not mention any of those.
How do you know you have an enlarged spleen?
Now, any difficulty breathing is of concern, since it can go from mild to bad to worse any minute- allergy, asthma?
Get medical attention for that breathing problem! ...Read more

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I have an enlarged spleen from ct. And im in pain left side and at times it hurts to breath? And splenic varies are seen do I need to worry?

I have an enlarged spleen from ct. And im in pain left side and at times it hurts to breath? And splenic varies are seen do I need to worry?

Yes: You need to see your doctor and get checked. You need to find the reason why your spleen is big and why you have splenic varices. Those two are abnormal. If necessary, your pmd can refer you to see a hematologist/oncologist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Enlarged Spleen (Definition)

Enlarged spleen = splenomegaly= enlargement/ increased size of the digestive organ that is just ...Read more