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How can you treat an enlarged spleen because of myelofibrosis?

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Some drugs can shrink an enlarged spleen. Your doctor might try chemotherapy, immunomodulators, and a drug called ruxolitinib (Jakafi). Radiation might help, too. However, you may need surgery to remove an enlarged spleen. The doctor will watch you carefully afterward to make sure you don’t have bleeding, clots, or liver problems.

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Myelofibrosis,” “Myelofibrosis Facts.”

Myeloproliferative Research Foundation: “Primary Myelofibrosis (PMF).”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Anemia?”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

MayoClinic.org: “Myelofibrosis: Complications.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 30, 2020

SOURCES:

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: “Myelofibrosis,” “Myelofibrosis Facts.”

Myeloproliferative Research Foundation: “Primary Myelofibrosis (PMF).”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Anemia?”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Primary Myelofibrosis.”

MayoClinic.org: “Myelofibrosis: Complications.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on October 30, 2020

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