Every time my daughter has a check up they feel to see if her spleen is enlarged, but it never has been. Tonight when I put her to bed I noticed that at the bottom of her left rib cage it looked slightly enlarged compared to the other side. She said it didn't hurt and she hadn't banged it on anything (it wasn't bruised or red anyway). I have read this is where the spleen is. Does anyone know if this does sound like an enlarged spleen and if it is, what it means?
I have never heard of being able to SEE an enlarged spleen. When first diagnosed with ITP, I know doctors check to see if the spleen is enlarged because (and here I don't know if I am guessing or really was told this) it may be a sign that it is collecting and destroying platelets.
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I'm not sure that you can actually see an enlarged spleen. Doctors palpate the area and even do scans to see if it's enlarged. Maybe it was just the way she was laying. Sometimes the body can seem asymmetrical if it's uneven while laying down (hard to explain).
An enlarged spleen is not typical with ITP and if it is enlarged, usually there is another cause such as mono. When was she checked last?
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