What Does Spleen Pain Feel Like?

By Erika Dean

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.

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.

References

About the Author

Erika Dean has been writing since 2000. She has published many articles for Demand Studios and enjoys writing about the Microsoft Office Suite, Windows OS, and the Internet (MySpace, Facebook, email). Dean has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Winthrop University and is a former English/language arts teacher.

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