Splenic Flexure Syndrome

Splenic Flexure Syndrome Symptoms Forum

The following are some of the symptoms associated with splenic flexure syndrome:

1. Heart Palpitations – The heart beats irregularly and it becomes difficult to keep your eyes open when you sleep.

You may feel like you have a heart attack or stroke while sleeping. If you experience these symptoms, call 911 immediately!

2. Gurgling – This sounds similar to the sound of water gushing out of a broken tap.

It’s not exactly painful, but it is uncomfortable.

3. Nausea – This symptom occurs when there is fluid leaking from the stomach into the intestines causing nausea and vomiting.

When you vomit, some of this liquid leaks back into your abdomen through your spleen which causes abdominal pain and cramping.

4. Vomiting Blood – This happens when blood leaks into the intestine causing severe bleeding.

The bleeding can cause death if not treated quickly.

5. Bloating – This symptom occurs when fat builds up in the abdomen due to excess weight gain or other factors such as pregnancy, diabetes, high cholesterol levels, obesity and many others.

Some of the fat can find its way into the liver and around the spleen causing swelling and pain.

6. Pain Under The Ribs – This occurs when there is excessive pressure on the spleen due to excessive fat build up in the abdomen or fluid retention.

7. Dizziness – If your spleen swells to a certain point, it can restrict blood flow causing dizziness and fainting spells.

8. Muscle Cramps – This happens when your spleen is irritated or swollen due to a build up of toxins in the body.

9. Difficulty Breathing – The diaphragm can get pushed upwards from the spleen which can cause shortness of breath.

10. Headache – The spleen can build up excess blood which puts pressure on the stomach and heart. This can cause headaches and nausea.

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The following are some of the conditions that are closely related to splenic flexure syndrome:

1. Splenomegaly – This is when the spleen becomes swollen and enlarged due to an infection or other reasons.

2. Spleen Injury – The spleen becomes swollen and irritated due to blunt force trauma and other types of physical injury.

3. Malnutrition – When your diet does not contain enough Iron, your spleen can become swollen and enlarged.

Also, when your body becomes starved of Iron, your spleen can be compromised.

4. Spleen Infection – Bacteria and other viruses can infect the spleen causing splenic flexure syndrome.

5. Splenic Torsion – The twisting of the spleen can cause stomach pain and a bloated stomach.

6. Splenic Vein Thrombosis – This condition happens when a blood clot forms inside the splenic vein.

It causes swelling, severe pain abdomens and can be life threatening if not treated immediately.

7. Splenetic Infarction – This occurs when the spleen is deprived of oxygenated blood.

8. Splenic Apoplexy – This condition happens when a blood clot travels through the spleen causing a stroke.

9. Splenic Arterial Embolism – A blood clot that travels through the arteries and into the spleen can cut off the blood supply causing a loss of oxygen to the spleen and eventual tissue death.

10. Splenic Abscess – This condition occurs when an infection eats its way through the lining of the spleen and causes a pocket of pus to form.

11. Splenic Edema – This condition is an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the tissues of the spleen. It can cause the spleen to bloat up like a water balloon causing stomach pain.

12. Splenic Torsion – Sudden twisting of the spleen can cause it to bleed and shut down.

13. Splenic Cyst – A sac or membrane filled with fluid, which has formed around the spleen. It can grow to a certain size and then stop, or it can continue to grow until it pushes against other internal organs causing pain, stomach bloating and a loss of appetite.


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