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Question: Spleen enlargement


 aprilgirl12 - Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:13 pm

I recently had an abdoninal U/S and the results came back that my spleen is enlarged and measures 12.8 x 4.4 x 11.7 cm in size. Is this anything to be concerned about? and what are the causes or an enlarged spleen?
Thanks for your time.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Fri Apr 13, 2007 6:08 pm

User avatar Several things can cause the spleen to enlarge a little, including many common cold viruses.

Unless there is a specific concern for you having a large spleen I would not be overly concerned. This is something your doctor can follow at your follow up visits by simply feeling for your spleen.

Your particular measurements (I am assuming that you are older than 15) are really still considered normal (a spleen length of less than 13 is considered normal).

Best wishes.
 aprilgirl12 - Fri Apr 13, 2007 6:49 pm

According to the reading radiologist, the normal reference is 12.5 x 5.0 x 7.5 cm, mine measured 12.8 x 4.4 x 11.7 cm, is the last dimension anything to be concerned about (since it is several cm above the norm). I have been to my GP and nothing seems to be indicating the cause of my enlarged spleen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks.

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