What is the spleen?
The spleen is an organ that is located in the upper abdomen. The spleen is normally about the size of a fist. The spleen is important because it helps filter the blood.
What is an enlarged spleen?
An enlarged spleen, a condition known as splenomegaly, is not in itself a disease. It is usually a symptom of another problem.
What are the symptoms of an enlarged spleen?
You may not have any symptoms from an enlarged spleen. However, you may:
- Feel a kind of dull pain on the left side of the abdomen or in your back.
- Feel full early, so that you can eat only small amounts.
- Become anemic (and with that, be tired and/or short of breath).