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Thalassemia minor and enlarged spleen

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thalassemia minor can it cause a moderately enlarged spleen?

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replied June 3rd, 2010
Genetic Disorders Answer A12814
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned about thalassemia minor that if it can lead to enlarged spleen. A physical exam may reveal a swollen (enlarged) spleen in a thalassemia minor patient. The spleen has blood forming cells, the same as the bone marrow. The spleen helps your body fight infection and filter unwanted material, such as old or damaged blood cells. Thalassemia often destroys a large number of red blood cells, making your spleen work harder than normal, causing it to enlarge. But in rare cases of severe thalassemia(thalassemia major), spleen grows too big that it may need to be removed.
Hope this helps. Take care.
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