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Hematologist ordered ultrasound of spleen. What are typical reasons for this test?

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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice

In brief: To check size

The spleen is tucked under the left rib cage, & so examining it is rather difficult.
There are blood disorders & problems with the immune system which cause the spleen to enlarge, so I imagine your hematologist is trying to figure out whether he should be treating these or not. A good ultrasound tech will measure the exact size of the spleen, & also tell if there's a cyst or infarct in the spleen.

In brief: To check size

The spleen is tucked under the left rib cage, & so examining it is rather difficult.
There are blood disorders & problems with the immune system which cause the spleen to enlarge, so I imagine your hematologist is trying to figure out whether he should be treating these or not. A good ultrasound tech will measure the exact size of the spleen, & also tell if there's a cyst or infarct in the spleen.
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