How is an enlarged spleen different from a fatty liver?

Different organs. Spleen is on upper left side of abdomen and filters blood of bacteria and dead cells. Liver is upper right and metabolizes substances, makes proteins, controls acid-base among others. If fatty liver progresses to cirrhosis -scarred liver- the blood pressure in the liver vessels can get high. This can back up into the spleen and cause it to get congested and enlarged.
Different organs. A fatty liver is a condition where excess fat cells build up in the liver and can negatively affect the function of the liver. In bad cases it can sometimes cause a type of cirrhosis. An enlarged spleen can be caused by significant liver damage from a variety of causes, or an enlarged spleen can be caused purely from spleen or blood disorders.

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What could cause an enlarged spleen and a fatty liver?

Long standing. Fatty liver can lead to cirrhosis, and the associated portal hypertension can produce splenomegaly. Read more...

I've read enlarged spleen from fatty liver only occurs after extensive liver damage. Can a "mildly fatty liver" cause a painful enlarged spleen?

Shouldn't. Cirrhosis causes splenomegaly through portal hypertension and splenic congestion; a mildly fatty liver should be well before this stage, and should not be the cause of a painful enlarged spleen. You should see a doctor for further evaluation and testing. Read more...

I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver and recently I had an ultrasound confirming enlarged spleen spleen is painful pain regulates to shoulder?

Splenomegaly. Yes, splenomegaly can cause referred pain to the left shoulder due to irritation of the adjacent diaphragm and the anatomic course of the associated phrenic nerve. If the pain is acute, it can be a sign of splenic rupture(Kehr's sign), which can be spontaneous in the setting of slpenomegaly. If this is the case, seek medical attention emergently. Read more...

I'm 31 yrs old, I have a fatty liver & a enlarged spleen I weight 196 I'm currently trying to loose weight my? Is canola oil cooking spray healthy?

Ok. It is find as long as not used in excess. Remember that oil is oil. You do need to find out why your liver and spleen are enlarged however. Have you seen any specialist yet? Read more...