Wondering if anyone could provide a good description of the causes of Splenomegaly specifically in CLL patients i.e. what the spleen is doing and why it enlarges in the CLL case.
I can now visibly see my spleen tip extended about 11cm now below the end of the rib cage, the ribs also sticking out. Having said that though I would still put myself only in the discomfort zone, and I can eat (always slowly) and drink ok. So far so good.
Medcicinenet provides a picture of the Liver, Spleen, Stomach etc. (elect to stay on the US site):
Wikipedia provides a CT scan image of Splenomegaly. Assume that is a cross section with the spleen on the right hand side of the picture and part of the liver on the left (assume the image is looking at the patient as I can say my spleen is certainly on my left hand side )
Just found one of Andrew Schorr's videos on the spleen, which is interesting, but no reference in that one to CLL:
I'm also reminded of Quarry's post of a year ago about Splenectomy:
. . . also AIHA:
If anyone can point to any CLL specific write-ups or videos on Spenomegaly that would be interesting.
Also one dumb question: Would increased physical activity help drive the increasing spleen size, and/or would increased rest counteract that effect? Also any other factors that might change the growth rate?