This Organ That No One Thinks About Is More Important Than You Know

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2. Cancer of the Spleen

Cancers that originate in the spleen are very rare. When they do occur they are usually a type of Lymphoma, a blood cancer that attacks the body’s lymph system. As we said, these are rare. Most spleen cancers are due to cancer that starts elsewhere and invades the spleen. Typical cancers that spread to the spleen are lung cancer, stomach cancers, and leukemia.

Common symptoms of spleen cancer are:

  • Many of the same symptoms of an enlarged spleen
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches
  • Pain in the upper left part of the abdomen
  • Lack of appetite due to  feeling full

 

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3. Ruptured or Lacerated Spleen

A ruptured spleen is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate emergency treatment due to internal bleeding. The spleen can rupture or become lacerated by a strong blow to the abdomen, which might happen in a car crash, sporting accident, or even a fist fight. Occasionally the spleen is merely bruised, and it will heal with rest over a period of time. However, if you experience a powerful blow to the abdomen, you should get your spleen checked out by your doctor to be certain it has not ruptured.

Common symptoms of a ruptured spleen are:

  • Extreme tenderness in the abdomen when touched
  • Severe pain in the upper left part of the abdomen
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Blurry vision or tunnel vision

Most of these symptoms are due to internal bleeding. A ruptured spleen will require emergency surgery. See your doctor immediately if you had any type of injury or blow to the abdomen and then begin to experience the symptoms above.

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