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Enlarged Spleen (Splenomegaly) (cont.)

Enlarged Spleen Prognosis

Depending upon the cause, the enlarged spleen may return to normal size and function when the underlying disease is treated or resolved.

  • Commonly, in infectious mononucleosis, the spleen returns to normal as the infection gets better.
  • In some circumstances, removing the spleen is part of the treatment, but it can make the person much more susceptible to infections.
  • Many illnesses and diseases result with the enlarged spleen as a permanent physical finding and may result in only a fair progno

    Medically reviewed by Rambod Rouhbakhsh, MD, MBA, FAAFP; American Board of Family Medicine

    REFERENCES: eMedicine.com; "Splenomegaly."

    O'Reilly, RA. Splenomegaly in 2,505 patients at a large university medical center from 1913 to 1995. 1963 to 1995: 449 patients. West J Med 1998; 169:88.


    Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/2/2014

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