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Why Is It Dangerous To Have An Enlarged Spleen
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
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. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, it's safe as long as the doctor is aware of this and so can navigate the scope around it. ...Read more
Is it safe to get a massage w/an enlarged spleen & liver? I was given a gift certificate but am scared to use it. I heard you can rupture the organ?
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
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
I think I have an enlarged spleen because where my sleep is sticks out more that anyother place. Is that a symptom?
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
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
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
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 ...Read more
I have an enlarged spleen, I have been losing weight 180 to 168 in about 6 weeks. I get side aches and can't eat much. What do I i do. Should i worry?
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
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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