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How is an enlarged spleen different from a fatty liver?

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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
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