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Hypersplenism

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What is the definition of Hypersplenism?

Hypersplenism is an overactive spleen. The spleen is an organ found in the upper left side of your abdomen. The spleen helps filter old and damaged cells from your bloodstream. If your spleen is overactive, it removes the blood cells too early and too quickly.

The spleen plays a key role in helping your body fight infections. Problems with the spleen can make you more likely to develop infections.

What are the causes for Hypersplenism?

Common causes of hypersplenism include:

  • Cirrhosis (advanced liver disease)
  • Lymphoma
  • Malaria
  • Tuberculosis
  • Various connective tissue and inflammatory diseases

What are the symptoms for Hypersplenism?

Symptoms include:

  • Enlarged spleen
  • Low level of one or more types of blood cells
  • Feeling full too soon after eating
  • Stomach pain on the left side
Spleen

REFERENCES

Arber DA. Spleen. In: Goldblum JR, Lamps LW, McKenney JK, Myers JL, eds. Rosai and Ackerman's Surgical Pathology. 11th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 38.

Connell NT, Shurin SB, Schiffman F. The spleen and its disorders. In: Hoffman R, Benz EJ, Silberstein LE, et al, eds. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 160.

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Latest Research

Latest Advance
Study
  • Condition: Extrahepatic Portal Hypertension
  • Journal: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
  • Treatment Used: Distal Splenorenal Shunt (DSRS)
  • Number of Patients: 9
  • Published —
This study tested the safety and efficacy of using DSRS to treat children aged 6 to 16 years with extrahepatic portal hypertension.
Latest Advance
Study
  • Condition: Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)
  • Journal: World journal of gastroenterology
  • Treatment Used: Low-Dose Aspirin
  • Number of Patients: 264
  • Published —
The main purpose of this study investigated the effect of postoperative (after surgery) long-term low-dose aspirin administration on the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and long-term survival of patients with cirrhosis after splenectomy (spleen removal).