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What does it mean if I have an enlarged spleen?

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An enlarged spleen is not always a sign of a problem. When a spleen becomes enlarged, though, it often means it has been doing its job -- but has become overactive. For example, sometimes the spleen is overactive in removing and destroying blood cells. This is called hypersplenism. It can happen for many reasons, including problems with too many platelets and other disorders of the blood.

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Splenomegaly."

eMedicine: "Splenomegaly."

Nemours Foundation: "Spleen and Lymphatic System."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 27, 2020

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "Splenomegaly."

eMedicine: "Splenomegaly."

Nemours Foundation: "Spleen and Lymphatic System."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 27, 2020

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