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Question: Spleen enlargement


 abuchanan - Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:36 pm

Today I had a sono that stated I had an enlarged spleen. I have pain that goes from my spleen area to my sholder blade. My upper left adbomen feels swollen to me. Is there anything to be concerned about? I don't see my doctor until wed that ordered the sono, and its really concerning me.

28 year old female
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu May 31, 2007 4:37 am

User avatar There are several causes for an enlarged spleen. The most common cause is enlargement due to infection in the body. The spleen helps filter blood and remove antibodies once they bind their target. If there is increased activity the spleen will enlarge.

Generally all that is needed is to follow this and be sure that the spleen returns to normal size over time.

Follow up with your doctor will generally allow the spleen to followed by examination rather than needing repeated ultrasounds.

Best wishes.

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