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How do doctors check to see if my spleen is enlarged?

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In brief: Exam and CT

An enlarged spleen can usually be detected during a physical exam by feeling the abdomen.
If there is a question, a CT scan would be very helpful

In brief: Exam and CT

An enlarged spleen can usually be detected during a physical exam by feeling the abdomen.
If there is a question, a CT scan would be very helpful
Dr. Jeffrey Clemens
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Dr. Herman Hammerstead
U/S can also be useful and no radiation/cheaper
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Physical exam

The spleen typically lies in the left upper abdomen, and under normal circumstances, in most people, cannot be felt or palpated as it is too high up behind the left rib cage.
When it is enlarged, the doctor may feel it by having you take a deep breath in then out-causing the diaphragm to contract, pushing the spleen down and allowing the tip to be palpated. Serial exams helpful to monitor.

In brief: Physical exam

The spleen typically lies in the left upper abdomen, and under normal circumstances, in most people, cannot be felt or palpated as it is too high up behind the left rib cage.
When it is enlarged, the doctor may feel it by having you take a deep breath in then out-causing the diaphragm to contract, pushing the spleen down and allowing the tip to be palpated. Serial exams helpful to monitor.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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In brief: Physical exam

Physical exam can indicate very large spleen but ultrasound would be more accurate.
So is the CT scan but at a higher price and also involving radiation dose.

In brief: Physical exam

Physical exam can indicate very large spleen but ultrasound would be more accurate.
So is the CT scan but at a higher price and also involving radiation dose.
Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski
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Dr. James Lin
Urology

In brief: Here are some...

How and what the doctors do to diagnose spleen enlargement - splenomegaly - consist of proactive clinical professional alert + physical exam - usually until reaching its palpable size at late stage of disease + imaging study with US, CT or MRI as judged by the doctors.
How to put all related things together correctly? Follow suggestion in articles in http://formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html.

In brief: Here are some...

How and what the doctors do to diagnose spleen enlargement - splenomegaly - consist of proactive clinical professional alert + physical exam - usually until reaching its palpable size at late stage of disease + imaging study with US, CT or MRI as judged by the doctors.
How to put all related things together correctly? Follow suggestion in articles in http://formefirst.com/onDealSickness.html.
Dr. James Lin
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology

In brief: Many ways

First can try feeling for it.
Then may see size by ultrasound or ct if suspicious enough.

In brief: Many ways

First can try feeling for it.
Then may see size by ultrasound or ct if suspicious enough.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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