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Enlarged liver and spleen Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Enlarged liver and spleen. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. Risk factors for viral hepatitis?

    Why: e.g. African or Far eastern country of origin, recent consumption of shellfish (may suggest hepatitis A), intravenous drug use, tattoos, male homosexuality, female prostitution, recent travel to areas with increased risk of hepatitis A, needle stick injury.

  2. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjogren's disease, Acromegaly, thyrotoxicosis, chronic liver disease with portal hypertension, lymphoma, leukemia, pernicious anemia, sickle cell anemia, Gaucher's disease.

  3. Sexual history, including history of homosexuality?

    Why: may provide information concerning risk of Hepatitis B.

  4. Alcohol history?

    Why: will indicate risk of chronic liver disease with portal hypertension.

  5. History of injecting drug use?

    Why: may indicate risk of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

  6. Travel history?

    Why: e.g. schistosomiasis occurs in Africa, middle East, Brazil, South-East Asia; recent travel to areas with increased risk of Hepatitis A.

  7. Family history?

    Why: e.g. beta thalassemia major, thyroid disease (thyrotoxicosis), sickle cell anemia, systemic lupus erythematosus.

  8. Jaundice (yellow skin and sclera)?

    Why: may suggest hemolytic anemia; infectious hepatitis.

  9. Fever?

    Why: may suggest viral hepatitis, infectious mononucleosis, lymphoma, leukemia.

  10. Gross weight loss?

    Why: often suggests cancer ( e.g. leukemia, lymphoma).

  11. Symptoms of viral hepatitis?

    Why: e.g. feel unwell with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, headaches, distaste for cigarettes, mild fever, mild abdominal discomfort, jaundice, dark urine, pale colored stools, may develop a rash and painful joints.

  12. Symptoms of sarcoidosis?

    Why: e.g. shortness of breath, fatigue, sometimes weight loss and fever.

  13. Symptoms of Acromegaly?

    Why: e.g. excessive growth of hands, excessive growth of tissues such as nose, lips and face, excessive growth of feet, increased size of jaw and tongue, weakness, sweating, headaches, loss of menstrual periods, loss of libido and deepening of voice.

  14. Symptoms of thyrotoxicosis (hyperthyroidism)

    Why: e.g. preference for cooler weather, increased appetite, heart palpitations, increased sweating, nervousness, irritability, diarrhea, lack of menstrual periods and proptosis (forward displacement of the eyeball).

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Enlarged liver and spleen:

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