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Doctor insights on: Why Is It Dangerous To Have An Enlarged Spleen

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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.

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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.

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Is it safe to sleep on my stomach while I have an enlarged spleen/liver from infectious mononucleosis?

Is it safe to sleep on my stomach while I have an enlarged spleen/liver from infectious mononucleosis?

Yes: Your body has quite a tolerance when it comes to illness & it would let you know if it didn't like sleeping on your belly by not allowing it. I'd avoid bicycle riding, jogging, or contact sports, anything where you could fall & traumatize both organs, until their swelling subsided.

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Is it safe to have a colonoscopy when you have a massively enlarged spleen?

Is it safe to have a colonoscopy when you have a massively enlarged spleen?

Yes: Yes, it's safe as long as the doctor is aware of this and so can navigate the scope around it.

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Is it true that an enlarged spleen is always dangerous?

Is it true that an enlarged spleen is always dangerous?

Splenomegaly: The danger of an enlarged spleen is rupture either spontaneously or with trauma. There are varying degrees. The underlying cause needs to be elucidated.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 etc

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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