Enlarged Spleen (Splenomegaly) (cont.)
Enlarged Spleen Complications
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 prognosis because the person may be more prone to splenic injury, infections, and abnormal bleeding.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/2/2014
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