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Enlarged Spleen and Pain

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 16, 2007
  • 11:40 PM

Hello everyone, I am hoping someone can help me with my problem. Two years ago I had a CT scan that revealed that I had an enlarged spleen. I am 6'6" and 300 pounds with no other symptoms, my doctors told me it was probably just because I am large anyway. I recently saw a new doctor and she recommended that I get an ultrasound. It too showed that I have an enlarged spleen (19 cm) and she sent me to a hematologist. He gave me a physical exam (no sign of enlarged lymph nodes), ran some blood tests (all showed nothing of interest), and felt my spleen (which was enlarged). Recently, I have been having dull pain from the spleen area that I would consider a 5-6 on a ten scale. Other than being overweight, I am in pretty good physical condition.

Any ideas or other areas I can explore. I am fearful the pain will get worse or the spleen might possibly rupture?!?!?!


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  • Can anyone help?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 18, 2007
    • 11:08 PM
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  • Enlarged spleen causes vary, including:Viral infections, such as mononucleosisBacterial infections, such as syphilis or an infection of the heart's inner lining (endocarditis)Parasitic infections, such as malariaCirrhosis and other diseases affecting the liverVarious types of hemolytic anemia — a condition characterized by premature destruction of red blood cellsBlood cancers, such as leukemia and Hodgkin's diseaseMetabolic disorders, such as Gaucher's disease and Niemann-Pick diseaseSometimes pressure on the veins from the spleen or to the liver cause an enlarged spleen. A blood clot in a vein from the spleen or to the liver can have the same effect. Call your doctor if you have pain. Hope this helps. Above quote from Mayo.http://www.mayoclinic.com/images/nav/elem_sectionarrow_previous.gif http://www.mayoclinic.com/images/nav/clear.gif
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • September 20, 2007
    • 10:06 AM
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