What does a finding of hepatomegaly and splenomegaly suggest in a patient with anemia?

Updated: Nov 26, 2019
  • Author: Joseph E Maakaron, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Carefully search for hepatomegaly and splenomegaly. Their presence or absence is important, as are the size, the tenderness, the firmness, and the presence or the absence of nodules. In patients with chronic disorders, these organs are firm, nontender, and nonnodular. In patients with carcinoma, they may be hard and nodular. The patient with an acute infection usually has a palpably softer and more tender organ.

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