What other symptoms might occur with enlarged liver and spleen?

Hepatosplenomegaly may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. The condition may not always present with symptoms, but may be detected by your health care provider upon examination.

Other symptoms that may occur along with enlarged liver and spleen

Enlarged liver and spleen may accompany other symptoms including:

  • Abdominal distension
  • Abdominal mass
  • Belching and hiccupping
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Fever or chills
  • Inability to digest large amounts of food
  • Loose, fatty stools
  • Unexpected weight gain or weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, enlarged liver and spleen may occur with other symptoms that might indicate a serious condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have enlarged liver and spleen along with other serious symptoms including:

  • Confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)

INTRODUCTION

What is enlarged liver and spleen?

An enlarged liver and spleen, medically known as hepatosplenomegaly, occur when the liver and spleen swell beyond their normal size.

The liver is a large accessory organ in the digestive system, responsible for a number of functions including bile secretion to break down food, storage of iron and vitamins, production of blood proteins, and elimination of old red blood cells. Many ... Read more about enlarged liver and spleenintroduction

CAUSES

What causes enlarged liver and spleen?

Enlarged liver and spleen has a variety of causes including infections, blood disorders, liver disease, and cancers.

Infectious causes of enlarged liver and spleen

Enlarged liver and spleen may be caused by infections including:

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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