Since I have been detected with an enlarged spleen I have wanted to know: What are the discomforts caused by an enlarged spleen? Are there any symptoms to identify such a case?
According to the Mayo Clinic, the symptoms of an enlarged spleen include:
An enlarged spleen may cause:
No symptoms in some cases Pain or fullness in the left upper abdomen that may spread to the left shoulder Feeling full without eating or after eating only a small amount — this can occur when an enlarged spleen presses on your stomach Anemia Fatigue Frequent infections Easy bleeding
Like many illnesses, the symptoms of an enlarged spleen are non-specific and shared with many other illnesses, so there is no single symptom or set of symptoms that identifies it. Diagnosis would require examination by a physician.
Enlarged spleen can reduce the number of healthy red blood cells, platelets and white cells in your bloodstream, leading to more frequent infections. Anemia and increased bleeding also are possible. A ruptured spleen can cause life-threatening bleeding into your abdominal cavity.