Complications of Enlarged Spleen

In general, an enlarged spleen does not cause symptoms. It is also discovered during a routine physical test. Your doctor can not necessarily feel a regular spleen in adults, but could feel an enlarged spleen

Potential complications of an enlarged spleen are:

  • Infection. An enlarged spleen can reduce the number of healthy red blood cells, platelets and white cells in your bloodstream, leading to more frequent infections. Anemia and increased bleeding also are possible.
  • Ruptured spleen. Even healthy spleens are soft and easily damaged, especially in car crashes. The possibility of rupture is much greater when your spleen is enlarged. A ruptured spleen can cause life-threatening bleeding into your abdominal cavity.