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I have been diagnosed with an enlarged spleen can it be

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i have been diagnosed with an enlarged spleen can it be treated with drugs to shrink it
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 8 years ago.


There are many causes of splenomegaly;

1) portal hypertension secondary to liver disease,

2) splenic or portal vein thrombosis

3) autoimmune hemolytic anemia,

4) hereditary spherocytosis,

5) thalassemia major,

6) hemoglobinopathies,

7) elliptocytosis,

8) megaloblastic anemia,

9) extramedullary hematopoiesis

10) Epstein-Barr virus,

11) cytomegalovirus

13) Rocky Mountain spotted fever

14) malaria,

15) leishmaniasis

16) histoplasmosis,

17) toxoplasmosis

18) tuberculosis

19) endocarditis,

20) brucellosis,

21) syphilis

22) Gaucher's disease

23) hyperthyroidism

24) sarcoidosis,

25) amyloidosis

26) lymphoma

27) leukemia

first the cause of the spleen enlargement would be ascertained. Depending on the cause, treatment would vary. Though most of the causes are amenable to the medical treatment (treatable by drugs).

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

Dr. Arun

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