Enlarged Spleen in Children?

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Posted 1/31/2013 by kguiney in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:53:47 AM
Hi,
Has anyone or anyone's child been diagnosed with an enlarged spleen? Whenever my DS8 has felt sick this past year and we go to the dr. his spleen is usually enlarged and the dr. says it's because he has a virus so just wait it out. After this happened a few times he sent him for an ultrasound. All that showed was that he has an "accessory spleen" which is small spleen tissue set apart from the main spleen. Apparently it's harmless and 10% of people who have it usually don't know since it doesn't cause any problems. Everything else was normal. So now his stomach hurts again. How many viruses can he have so close together? I'm going to talk to the dr again and maybe see about a specialist. Just wondering if this is something people just have to deal with if they have an enlarged spleen. Thanks.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:26:15 AM
I was just reading about a enlarged spleen and mono. Not sure how often it happens, but they were saying your child should avoid sports if they have an enlarged spleen.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 10:25:43 AM
My son was 16 and had all the classic signs of mono, including the enlarged spleen. His tests came back negative, but they treated him for mono anyway. As the doctor said, they can't ID every virus. The enlarged spleen went back to normal after a couple months.

ETA - If you feel like you need a specialist, don't take no for an answer. Mom knows best!


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Posted: 1/31/2013 7:37:28 PM
Thanks so far. I heard about the mono thing too.

Anyone else?


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Posted: 2/1/2013 1:04:54 AM
Have they done much blood testing? It can be the symptom for a lot of different things so I would want to be sure that they had taken a good look at his blood counts.



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Posted: 2/1/2013 2:00:10 AM
My granddaughter had mono about 3 years ago. She had alot of pain in her spleen. That poor girl was sick for over a month and looked like death. It was scary.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:53:36 AM
He has had blood work done but maybe he's due again. It's been a little while.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 12:41:37 AM
Just checking to see if you have gotten any answers about your sons spleen.

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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:49:54 AM
Thanks for asking. He was scheduled for a blood test on monday. His spleen wasn't enlarged then but the dr felt he was "backed up" so he wanted me to give him miralax. He decided against the blood test and wanted start out by testing the urine and stool and an X-ray of his stomach. So I've been waiting for him to poop and he still HASN'T!! I haven't given him the full dose yet because I was worried about school but still. But I know being constipated can give you a headache. My daughter had this problem but never figured he would since he's a really healthy eater. Yesterday he had the xray so I should find out from the dr soon what he saw. Oddly enough tho last night he threw up 2 times and had a 101.2 fever. He's still sleeping so we'll see how he is. I'll update later.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 7:01:25 AM
My cousin had an enlarged spleen as a teen. It was what led to a diagnosis of leukemia.


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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:45:27 AM
If an enlarged spleen was due to a malignancy, like leukemia, as another poster mentioned, the spleen would be persistently larged. The OP's posts make it sound as if the spleen is not constantly enlarged.

I would specifically ask my child's physician about this. Perhaps the location of the accessory spleen makes it easier to feel the spleen in general when it is enlarged. If the child is thin, it will also be easier to feel. It may that the child has been dealing with a more chronic virus or it is just coincidence.

I do feel that you are right... talking to your child's doctor about it is the right way to go for further investigation, if it is needed at all. To me, it sounds like you do have a thorough physician and I am sure if a work-up is needed, they will advise.



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Posted: 2/7/2013 11:22:46 AM
Thanks Melissa - yes - it's not consistently enlarged. Talked to the dr. before and his X-ray shows he is moderately impacted - which we figured anyway. So I gave him the full dose and we're waiting. He seems ok at the moment and told me he got up during the night and went a little. But I'm sure not enough I wish we just got the blood test over with the other day. He's not so bad getting that. My daughter on the other hand...


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Posted: 2/7/2013 12:15:36 PM
Glad to hear that you are getting closer to an answer. My husband asked me about the lady that posted about her sons spleen last night. He wanted to know if I had mentioned our son and his spleen.

Seems like totally unrelated circumstances so I will refrain from our story for now.

Have a great day~Lisa

edited to correct spelling errors so I don't look like a moron!

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Posted: 2/7/2013 4:40:17 PM
Thank you Lisa. I hope you get some answers for your situation.


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