What causes enlargement of the spleen?

There are many things that might cause a spleen to enlarge, including: Viral, fungal and bacterial infections. Hemolytic anemia, in which the spleen destroys healthy red blood cells. Blood clots of the veins from the spleen or liver.

Should I be concerned if my spleen is enlarged?

Potential complications of an enlarged spleen are: Infection. An enlarged spleen can reduce the number of healthy red blood cells, platelets and white cells in your bloodstream, leading to more frequent infections. Anemia and increased bleeding also are possible.

Can enlarged spleen become normal?

Depending upon the cause, the enlarged spleen may return to normal size and function when the underlying disease is treated or resolved. Commonly, in infectious mononucleosis, the spleen returns to normal as the infection gets better.

Can spleen enlargement be cured naturally?

There are no natural treatments for an enlarged spleen.

Is an enlarged spleen serious?

It’s important to seek treatment for the cause of your enlarged spleen. Left untreated, an enlarged spleen can lead to serious complications. In most cases, treatment of the underlying cause of the enlarged spleen can prevent removal of the spleen.

Will enlarged spleen go away?

The spleen is not usually removed if it’s just enlarged. Instead, you’ll receive treatment for any underlying condition and your spleen will be monitored. You may be prescribed antibiotics if there’s an infection.

What is an enlarged spleen?

Your spleen is an organ located just below your left rib cage. Many conditions — including infections, liver disease and some cancers — can cause an enlarged spleen, also known as splenomegaly (spleh-no-MEG-uh-lee). An enlarged spleen usually doesn’t cause symptoms. It’s often discovered during a routine physical exam.

What does diffusely increased uptake in the spleen mean?

Diffusely increased uptake is more commonly observed than focal uptake in the spleen on a whole-body [F] fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography. The significance of diffusely increased splenic uptake varies in different clinical settings.

Can CT be used to evaluate spleen size and volume?

Among these patients, those who underwent chest computed tomography (CT) examination at the time of presentation, patients with follow-up CT due to clinical deterioration were included in the study. The CTs of the patients were evaluated in terms of spleen size and volume. Results

What to do if your spleen is enlarged?

Enlarged spleen. Your doctor will likely request imaging and blood tests to help identify the cause. Treatment for an enlarged spleen focuses on the underlying condition that’s causing it. Surgically removing an enlarged spleen isn’t usually the first treatment, but is sometimes recommended.