What other symptoms might occur with swollen spleen?

Swollen spleen may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the spleen may also involve other body systems.

Common symptoms that may occur along with swollen spleen

Swollen spleen may accompany symptoms related to other body systems including:

  • Abdominal pain or cramping
  • Anemia
  • Body aches
  • Easy bleeding or bruising
  • Fatigue
  • Fever and chills
  • Hiccups
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain in your abdomen on the upper left side

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, a swollen spleen may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms including:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe dizziness or sudden loss of balance

What is swollen spleen?

A swollen spleen is an abnormally enlarged spleen. The spleen is an organ located in your abdomen on the left side. As part of the lymph system, it participates in fighting infection, as it houses numerous white blood cells. It is responsible for getting rid of old and damaged blood cells and filtering the blood in your body.

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What causes swollen spleen?

There are many causes of a swollen spleen. Infections such as mononucleosis are a common cause of swollen spleen. Some blood and liver diseases are also known to cause swollen spleens. A swollen spleen may also be the result of a serious condition such as leukemia (blood cancer).

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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: May 7, 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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