Nov 30, 2003
I have an extremely enlarged spleen, the size of a football. My doctor and a surgeon are recommending I have it removed. I am HIV+ and have no other opportunistic infections. I have an appointment tomorrow to see a N.M.D. and the surgery is scheduled for November 3rd. I was wondering if you might be able to recommend any types of alternative treatments I might try in the meantime. Example, bathing in aromatherapy oils or herbal baths or any particular herbal tea I might drink. Also, would you recommend any castor oil packs. My doctor said this condition is not due to my meds and my CD4 count is 158.
| Response from Dr. Henry
I don't know of any alternative meds that would help hypersplenism. You should considered getting thoroughly vaccinated prior to the splenectomy. Also-CD4 T-cells counts are very hard to interpret after a splenectomy. KH
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