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 as mononucleosis.
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.
Swollen spleen accompanied by constipation and craving for salt, especially if person is oversensitive and gets even more upset when consolation is offered.