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What would likely cause my spleen to swell?

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what would likely cause my spleen to swell?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

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The blood work, medical imaging and other tests are essential to determine the cause of spleen to swell.

There are many causes of spleen swelling (termed splenomegaly);

1) portal hypertension secondary to liver disease caused by alcoholism, hepatitis,

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 by various investigations. Depending on the cause, treatment would vary. Though most of the causes are amenable to the medical treatment (treatable by drugs).

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