Hypersplenism/ Enlarged spleen
Hypersplenism is a type of disorder which causes the spleen to
rapidly and prematurely destroy blood cells.
Causes of Enlarged Spleen
Hypersplenism may be caused by a variety of disorders. Sometimes,
it is brought on by a problem within the spleen itself and is referred
to as primary hypersplenism. Secondary hypersplenism
results from another disease such as chronic malaria, rheumatoid
arthritis, tuberculosis, or polycythemia vera, a blood disorder.
Symptoms of Enlarged Spleen
Symptoms of hypersplenism include easy bruising,
easy contracting of bacterial diseases, fever, weakness, heart palpitations,
and ulcerations of the mouth, legs and feet, Pain in spleen
region. Individuals may also bleed unexpectedly and heavily from
the nose or other mucous membranes, and from the gastrointestinal
or urinary tracts. Most patients will develop an enlarged spleen,
anemia, leukopenia, or abnormally low white blood cell counts, or
thrombocytopenia, a deficiency of circulating platelets in the blood.
Other symptoms may be presents that reflect the underlying disease
that has caused hypersplenism.
An enlarged spleen is one of the symptoms of Malaria, Cirrhosis
of the liver, leukaemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, polycythaemia,
etc. Spleen enlarges when called on to remove massive numbers of
red blood cells, defective cells, or bacteria from circulation.
Splenomegaly occurs in about 10% of systemic lupus erythematosus
patients. Sometimes, it is caused by recent viral infection, such
Homeopathic Remedies & Homeopathy Treatment for Pain
in Spleen, Infection & Enlarged Spleen
The only sphere of action of this remedy seems to be in splenic
troubles, and Burnett believes it to be a true organ remedy for
the spleen. Its indications are deepseated pain in the splenic region,
deep stitches, worse in damp weather, with enlargement of the spleen.
Chronic pains in the spleen. Pain in whole left side, with shortness
of breath. A splenic stitch usually requires one of the following
remedies: Chelidonium, Berberis, Sulphur,Conium or Ceanothus. Scilla
has pain in the left hypochondria region, and also in the epigastric
region, relieved by lying on the right side. Cimicifuga. Bayes recommends
this remedy in neuralgic pains in the splenic region with uterine
complaints. Ranunculus bulbosus. Boenninghausen and Dunham considered
this remedy of value in splenic troubles; soreness, stitches and
pulsations in splenic region are present.
This remedy corresponds to congestion, pain and stitches in the
region of the spleen with swelling of the spleen, splenitis. Dull
aching in region of spleen. Hyperaemia of spleen. Nervous system
is sensitive, physical or mental effort aggravates. Chininum sulphuricum.
Congestion, inflammation and enlargement of the spleen. Aranea diadema.
Enlarged spleen. Especially useful for the chronic effects of malarial
poisoning or in those who live in damp, wet places. Languor, lassitude,
constant chilliness are useful symptoms. Grindelia robusta has pain
in the splenic region; it has also enlargement and tenderness in
this region. It seems to be applicable to any pain in the left side
extending as low as the hip and as high as the nipple. It may be
a sore aching or a keen cutting pain.
One of our most efficient remedies for sensitive swollen and enlarged
spleens, according to Jahr. Arnica. Splenitis from injury, patient
dull and apathetic. There is much testimony in favor of Arnica,
especially where there is a typhoid tendency and dull or even acute
pains. Bellis, which causes swelling in splenic region, Natrum muriaticum
and Ferrum metallicum should also be thought of in enlarged spleen.
Natrum muriaticum produces stitches, pressure and congestion in
the spleen. Swollen spleens resulting from malarial fever. Patient
anaemic, upper part of body emaciated, inclined to take cold; much
quinine taken is an additional indication. Patient craves salt.
Enlarged spleen associated with alcoholic cirrhosis of liver, ankles
Swollen spleen accompanied by constipation and craving for salt,
especially if person is oversensitive and gets even more upset when
consolation is offered.