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Why does mono only affect the spleen?

Why does mono only affect the spleen?

It doesn't: Mononucleosis is an infection by the epstein-barr virus. The infection is fought off by the body's immune system, composed of white blood cells and other proteins. The spleen is similar to a giant lymph node and will swell up as it fights the virus, as do the neck lymph nodes. The spleen is mentioned because it's location and thin covering makes it vulnerable to trauma and rupture with hemorrhage. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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Mono (Definition)

Infectious mononucleosis, also known as mono, is a contagious illness caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes, and enlarged spleen. It is spread via saliva, hence its ...Read more


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How does the mono virus make the spleen or liver larger?

How does the mono virus make the spleen or liver larger?

Overactivity: Mono virus induces all lymph organs to be overactive. Lymph organs produce cells to fight infection. The spleen and liver contains a lot of lymph tissues. ...Read more

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What does congested sinusoids in the liver mean? How does it affect you?

What does congested sinusoids in the liver mean? How does it affect you?

Sinusoids: are specialized blood vessels in the liver. Sinusoids appear congested (your question suggests you are quoting from an imaging report) when blood pools there usually because of problems in the right side of the heart, such as heart failure, damming up the blood in the liver. Lung problems can also cause this congestion. Cirrhosis may ultimately result. It is serious and needs careful analysis. ...Read more

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My liver enzymes are 40 U/L. Is this high? How does antibuse affect the liver? How does lovistatin affect the liver?

My liver enzymes are 40 U/L.  Is this high?  How does antibuse affect the liver?  How does lovistatin affect the liver?

Which one?: There are two liver enzymes that are monitored. Either way the value you gave is within normal limits. Lovastatin can cause liver enzymes to go up and liver enzymes need to be monitored when you are started on Lovastatin or similar medications initially. Antabuse (disulfiram) is used to help alcoholics quit drinking. It affects how alcohol is metabolized in the liver, but does not affect the liver itself. ...Read more

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Does an enlarged spleen affect the other organs in my body?

Does an enlarged spleen affect the other organs in my body?

Why is it enlarged: An enlarged spleen, by itself, does not influence other organs unless it is so big that it is compressing the stomach or colon (very unusual except for rare types of blood diseases). But the spleen is often enlarged because of other problems like chronic pancreatitis or liver cirrhosis, or blood problems. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your monocytes are high in lab work? How long does pneumonia last?

What does it mean when your monocytes are high in lab work? How long does pneumonia last?

See below;: Monocytes - How high? Slight elevation is not meaningful. You should discuss it with the doctor who ordered the test. Pneumonia- It depends on the cause of pneumonia, underlying lung disease, immune status and treatment given. Under favorable circumstances a person should recover in less than a week. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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How long does the spleen stay enlarged during mononucleosis ?

How long does the spleen stay enlarged during mononucleosis ?

3-6 months: It can take 3-6 months for the enlargement of the spleen to go away after having mononucleosis. ...Read more

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Why and how does listeriosis affect the body?

Why and how does listeriosis affect the body?

See below: It's a bacteria found in water & soil. Infected animals may also serve as sources. It may infect many different sites, such as the brain or spinal cord membranes or the bloodstream. Healthy adults & children can be infected, but rarely become seriously ill. High risk: people with weakened immune systems & those with chronic diseases. Sx's resemble other illnesses-fever/flu like. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when my liver enzymes are elevated and how could it affect my health?

What exactly does it mean when my liver enzymes are elevated and how could it affect my health?

Indication of liver : Liver diseases like hepatitis cause liver enzymes to go up. So you and your doctor need to find out the cause of this hepatitis. It can be a vius infection(hep-b or hep-c) or alcohol related liver injury. ...Read more

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What is spleen symptom; can my spleen actually hurt?

What is spleen symptom; can my spleen actually hurt?

Spleen : If a spleen is enlarging relatively quickly from bleeding or infection, pain can occur from stretching the capsule. ...Read more

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I don't understand why the thymus is inlucded in the lymphatic system, other than the function of t cell maturation, it doesn't make sense?

I don't understand why the thymus is inlucded in the lymphatic system, other than the function of t cell maturation, it doesn't make sense?

Immune system: Thymus functions chiefly to develop t-lymphocytes.Once mature, cells leave thymus and are transported via blood vessels to the lymph nodes and spleen.T-lymphocytes are responsible for cell mediated immunity, activation of certain immune cells to fight infection. Congenital absence of thymus results in patient getting serious infections.Thymus gradually involutes when immune system functioning. ...Read more

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What is the connection between Immunoglobulins and WBC's? How do low immunoglobulins affect WBC counts, if they do at all?

What is the connection between Immunoglobulins and WBC's? How do low immunoglobulins affect WBC counts, if they do at all?

Different arms: There are multiple mechanisms for the body to defend against outside invaders. WBC is one arm to attack the invaders and immunoglobulins are another. Whereas WBC's action tends to be non-specific , immunoglobulin's action are specifically programmed against a particular organism. Their quantities are not linked to each other. ...Read more

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What is the actual role of the appendix? Does it has immune functions and do people who had it removed have immune problems?

What is the actual role of the appendix? Does it has immune functions and do people who had it removed have immune problems?

Does not matter: Indications for an appendectomy is not an elective option. When you have appendicitis ave to remove it surgically; otherwise it can rupture, cause peritonitis, sepsis, shock and death. It's considered a vestigial structure by most (had a purpose before we became omnivores). Do not worry about the immune function of your appendix. Just remove it. Your body knows what to do afterwards. ...Read more

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What does having bone marrow cells move to and enlarge the liver and spleen indicate in myelofibrosis? Does this change the prognosis?

What does having bone marrow cells move to and enlarge the liver and spleen indicate in myelofibrosis? Does this change the prognosis?

Advanced stage: When bone marrow cells move to spleen/liver, it may mean bone marrow is failing & cannot make blood cells effectively. Therefore, the spleen & liver take over to do the job- then they get enlarged & blood count also drops & many patients may require transfusions. Patients may have fevers etc. Treatment is available for enlarged spleen & fevers. (jakafi).Younger patients may need transplant. ...Read more

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When your iron is too high, what does it affect? And when drs refer to flush your blood, what does that mean and hows it done?

When your iron is too high, what does it affect? And when drs refer to flush your blood, what does that mean and hows it done?

Hemochromatosis: High iron can cause hemochromatosis (accumulation of too much iron in the liver) this is not good. Phlebotomy (removal of blood. Like when you donate blood) is sometimes needed to decrease iron levels. ...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