Splenomegaly is the medical term that is used when you have an enlarged spleen. This means that your spleen has increased in size and is larger than a normal spleen.
Other names: Splenomegaly is called by other names. It is also known as spleen enlargement and an enlarged spleen.
About the spleen:
Your spleen is a little organ that is about the size of a fist. It is located just below your rib cage on your left side.
Your spleen produces lymphocytes that have the job of destroying and recycling old red-blood cells. Your spleen is the place where white blood cells trap organisms. Your spleen is also a reservoir of blood that provides your body with blood in emergency situations, such as if you receive a bad cut.
Splenomegaly is not an illness
One thing that you need to keep in mind is that splenomegaly is not an ailment or an illness. Splenomegaly is a sign or symptom of an underlying medical illness or ailment that is causing your spleen to be enlarged.
There are several different ailments and illnesses that can result in an enlarged spleen. Due to this fact, it is hard to estimate just how common splenomegaly is.
Possible reasons you could have Splenomegaly
As just mentioned, there are several diseases and infections that can lead to the development of splenomegaly. Some of these may include:
- Parasitic infections, such as malaria
- Bacterial infections, such as syphilis or endocarditis (infection of your heart’s inner lining)
- Various types of hemolytic anemia, which is a disorder that is marked by the premature destruction of your red blood cells
- Various diseases that affect your liver, such as cirrhosis
- Pressure on the veins in your spleen or liver or a blood clot that develops in these veins
- Metabolic disorders, such as Gaucher’s disease and Niemann-Pick disease
- Viral infections, such as mononucleosis
- Cancers of your blood, such as leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease
Car accidents are also another major cause of splenomegaly or damage to your spleen.
There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing splenomegaly. Some of these are:
- Having any one of the ailments and illnesses that are listed above
- Traveling to areas where malaria is an epidemic
- Being of an Ashkenazi Jewish or African ethnic background
Once again, it is important to remember that splenomegaly is not an ailment or an illness. This condition is a sign or symptom of an underlying illness or ailment that is responsible for it.
Splenomegaly signs and symptoms
With that in mind, splenomegaly may not cause you any signs or symptoms at all. On the other hand, there are several signs and symptoms that you may have with splenomegaly. Some of these may include:
- Pain that is made worse whenever you take a deep breath
- Bleeding easily
- Pain that is located on the upper left side of your abdomen that may radiate (move) into your left shoulder
- Having infections that recur often
- Having a feeling of fullness when you have not eaten or have only eaten a little bit
- Not being able to eat a large meal
- Anemia (a decrease in the number of your red blood cells)
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Have you become disabled and unable to work because of the underlying illness or ailment and/or complications that have been brought about by whatever that underlying disorder is that has given rise to your splenomegaly. If this is true, you may need financial help.
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