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Hypersplenism

Definition

Hypersplenism is a condition in which the spleen is overactive.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Hypersplenism can be caused by:

Symptoms

Symptoms include:

  • Enlarged spleen
  • Low level of one or more types of blood cells
  • Premature feeling of fullness after eating
  • Stomach pain on the left side

References

Ferri FF. Ferri’s Clinical Advisor 2007: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment. 9th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby; 2007:443.

Hoffman R, Benz Jr. EJ, Shattil SJ, et al., eds. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice. 4th ed. Philladelphia, Pa: Churchill Livingston; 2005:711-12.


Review Date: 1/12/2009
Reviewed By: Todd Gersten, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Palm Beach Cancer Institute, West Palm Beach, FL. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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