What Does Spleen Pain Feel Like?

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The symptoms of spleen pain are often confused with other ailments and spleen pain is often a side effect from other disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, cirrhosis or bacterial infections.

Function

  • The spleen is a body organ that destructs old red blood cells and stores blood to supply the body with in emergencies.

Symptoms

  • People with a spleen disorder may feel pain near the spleen in the left abdominal area or the back.

Causes

  • Anemia, infection and cancer are problems that can cause spleen pain.

Identification

  • Doctors can diagnose problems with the spleen by feeling to see if the spleen is enlarged, taking X-rays or by ordering an MRI.

Solution

  • If a doctor finds a problem with a spleen, he can treat with antibiotics for an infection or schedule surgery to have it removed.

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