2. What is an Enlarged Spleen?

In a healthy individual, the spleen is usually the size of a fist. Due to various causes, however, the organ can become enlarged; when this happens, there can be many consequences. For instance, the spleen may fail to filter the blood properly. Sometimes, it may grow so large that it outgrows its blood supply. Rather than being a disease itself, an enlarged spleen is often a sign of an underlying health problem. If left untreated, the situation can lead to complications, some of which may be life-threatening.


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