enlerged spleen???????????????????????

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 12/27/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
during a recent hospitalization for fluid on the heart i was found to have an enlarged spleen...anyone have any comments on that? anyone have an enlarged spleen? confused thnaks

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Date Joined Feb 2003
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   Posted 12/27/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi hondo,
Yeah, an enlarged spleen is not unheard of in autoimmune diseases. There are many causes for it, and I've included a link for you. With the fluid on your heart, was it an infection? That is one of the causes of an enlarged spleen.  So is anemia, which is so common for us too.  What is the treatment plan for you?
Here's the link.  Let us know how you're doing okay,
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   Posted 12/28/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I had an enlarged spleen when first diagnosed.  It was eating up platelets and red blood cells and it took more than 6 months to diagnose first lupus then mixed connective tissue disease.  My spleen returned to normal when my disease(s) was brought under control.  As far as I know there is no treatment for your spleen except to take it out.  Treatment is for the underlying condition.
Mixed connective tissue disease (systemic lupus, scleroderma, polymyositis), Raynauds phenomena, Hypertension, Barrett's esophagus.
Meds: prednisone 5mg, 50mg imuran, Lotrel 40/5mg, maxide 37.5/25mg, folic acid, potassium, aciphex 20mg, multi vitamins.
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