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Enlarged Spleen (Splenomegaly)

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Comment from: Love, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

My ultrasound revealed hepatosplenomegaly recently i.e. both liver and spleen are enlarged. I had mild pain in my left upper abdomen from last 2.5 to 3 years which sometimes radiated till my thighs and/or legs. I visited 2 doctors in the last 3 years but they dismissed it as indigestion/gastric trouble. This time the doctor listened to my problems very patiently and advised whole abdomen ultrasound, liver function test (LFT) and vitamin D3 tests, and prescribed O2H tablets and Drotikind M tablets. I was shockingly happy to find his diagnosis was so accurate that my blood reports showed bad LFT parameters and ultrasound showed enlarged spleen and liver. He then added vitamin D3 and Bio D3 Plus tablets to my medicines. In the next 2 days, my pain was reduced. Later, I searched for my 3 years old ultrasound report which also showed I had mild hepatomegaly i.e. enlarged liver. Though I don't remember why I did not start treatment then. Perhaps, increased load on liver from last 3 years caused current enlargement of my spleen as well. One more thing to be noted here is my father died of liver cirrhosis 5 years back. He was non-alcoholic and led an average healthy life without any history of diabetes, blood pressure, etc. Hence, causes of his cirrhosis were unknown. Similarly, I do not know what the exact cause of my hepatosplenomegaly is or if there is any bigger issue. My doctor does not like to talk much. I am writing this article for all those people who ignore prolonged pain anywhere in their body due to hectic life schedules. Please take good care of yourselves. Live, love and laugh as much as you can.

Comment from: Spleenomenon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had a massively enlarged spleen pushing into my lower right quadrant due to myelofibrosis. It shrank back by a third so it now extends only into lower left quadrant. I can now eat fully and digestion is now normal.

Comment from: LSC3, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 28

I was initially diagnosed with thrombocytopenia (pregnancy induced). Eight years later I was diagnosed with anemia and malabsorption. I started getting iron infusions. A year later I had severe pain on my left side. I was diagnosed with splenomegaly. It grew to 22 cm! I had it removed. A couple months later I had chest pain. The CT scan revealed an anterior mediastinal mass. I recently had it removed. The pathology report stated it was a stage 1 thymoma (thymus cancer). I still do not feel well. I have chronic pain and fatigue. My legs feel heavy. I am thinking about going to a doctor in Texas and recently visited a thymoma specialist. I just want a diagnosis and to feel better.

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCES: eMedicine.com; "Splenomegaly."

O'Reilly, RA. Splenomegaly in 2,505 patients at a large university medical center from 1913 to 1995. 1963 to 1995: 449 patients. West J Med 1998; 169:88.

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