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drs want to remove the spleen... but I'd rather keep it.

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I have a very large spleenic cyst but it isn't really causing me any problems. I am 58 years old. The doctors want to remove the spleen... but I'd rather keep it. The cyst has shrunk in the past 3 years from 9+ cm to 7.8 cm.

As long as I am asymptomatic can I put off surgery? I live in a foreign country and the hospitals aren't exactly state-of-the-art.


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replied May 21st, 2014
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Hi,
Welcome to ehealthforum,
If the splenic cyst that you describe is non-cancerous or benign, and not thin walled, it can be left alone until you have symptoms. Usually the symptoms are not that evident since the stretch effect on the splenic capsule does not occur so easily with any swelling or even spleen enlargement. If your treating doctor/surgeon has recommended surgery for you, you should consider going ahead with it or take second opinion from another doctor/surgeon and then proceed with taking further decisions (after discussing the pros and cons or the risks and benefits of the surgery suggested). Consider being in regular monitoring and follow-up with your treating doctor/surgeon and report any new/abnormal symptoms immediately.
Take care.


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