Enlarged Spleen (Splenomegaly) - Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of an enlarged spleen?

An enlarged spleen itself usually causes no symptoms; the symptoms of an underlying disease are often the reason a patient might seek care. These may include weakness and fatigue from anemia, easy bleeding because of decreased platelets in the bloodstream, or recurrent infections from poor white blood cell function.

However, as the spleen enlarges, it can press up against the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest and abdominal spaces. Diaphragm irritation may refer pain to the left shoulder. An enlarged spleen can also push toward the stomach and cause anorexia or a loss of appetite and a sense of early fullness when eating.

Since the enlarged spleen grows beyond the protection of the ribcage it becomes more likely to be injured, thereby increasing the chance that abdominal pain may occur.

Depending upon the amount of spleen damage after injury, there can be bleeding into the abdomen with associated distention (bloating), pain to the back and shoulder, and signs and symptoms of shock. These can include weakness, shortness of breath, and cool, clammy and sweaty skin.

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Comment from: Audry33, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I have been having belly pain for months, I have lost 20 pounds in the last month. I am nauseous all the time. I can't eat, or after I am in horrible pain and my armpit into my back has started hurting! I am afraid to eat because of the pain. I found out recently that my spleen is enlarged.

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