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Spleen Ultrasound

Ultrasound of the Spleen

The spleen is a retroperitoneal organ that is located at the upper left abdomen.

Function of the Spleen

Helps remove foreign waste from the bloodstream. The spleen distributes antibodies and lymphocytes to initiate Immune defense reaction. It is the largest lymphoid organ that filters old damaged cells.

Why is an ultrasound of the spleen important?

Patients who have a history of leukemia, unspecified Infection or trauma to their left side of the abdomen should have their spleen evaluated through ultrasound. Ultrasound of the spleen can help aide in detecting irregularities within the spleen parenchyma, diagnose enlargement of the spleen or possible splenic rupture. Calcifications, tumors , enlargement of the spleen and other abnormalities of the spleen can easily be diagnosed by ultrasound.

Indications for Splenic Ultrasound vs. Abnormal Lab Values
Infections
Changes in Hematocrit count
Leukopenia
Changes in Hemoglobin count
Trauma to the left flank
Abnormal Leukocyte count

Preparation

In order for an ultrasound of the spleen to be performed it is required to fast prior to the procedure. Fasting helps eliminate bowel gas within the abdomen and aids in better visualization of the spleen.

Benefit of Splenic Ultrasound

Having the spleen examined through ultrasound will help detect enlargement of the spleen that can be caused by a variety of disorders including infections, malignancies and more. Since the spleen produces antibodies and lymphocytes for our body’s natural immune defense system, it is important for patients with a history of abnormal blood tests, diagnosis of Ebstein Barr Virus (EBV), Cytomegalovirus (CMV), or a history of leukemia to obtain an ultrasound of the spleen.

Written by Dr. David Nazarian, M.D.
Concierge Medicine Specialist and Director of My Concierge MD in Los Angeles

Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Specialist in Concierge Medicine & Executive Health. Dr. Nazarian practices Integrative Medicine with focus on preventative medicine, anti-aging, hormone replacement therapy and IV Vitamin optimizations. Dr. David Nazarian, received his bachelor of sceinces from the University of Los Angeles, California in Psychology and Biology. He obtained his Medical Doctorate degree from Sackler School of Medicine. He completed his medical residency at Huntington Memorial Hospital, a University of Southern California affiliate hospital. Once completed, he established a practice in the heart of Beverly Hills

Dr. Nazarian is a Diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has received numerous awards and recognition as a top doctor in his field. “I am passionate about delivering the highest level of care to my patients, and highly value the trust placed in me by my patients and their families.” Dr. Nazarian, Founder, My Concierge MD.