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Doctor insights on: Can A Spleen Rupture Even Without A Serious Trauma Or Injury

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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It possible to have a concussion or subdural hematoma without any sort pain?

It possible to have a concussion or subdural hematoma without any sort pain?

Absolutely: Especially in older patients, many subdural hematomas show little to no symptoms depending on size of the hematoma, location, and how old it is. ...Read more

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Can you bruise an artery, for example can a bruise be caused by a leakage from an artery if so does it heal like any other bruise?

Can you bruise an artery, for example can a bruise be caused by a leakage from an artery if so does it heal like any other bruise?

Skin?: If you are referring to visible bruising in the skin it is not usually arterial bleeding. Rather it is localized small veins and capillaries. Deeper muscle injury can involve smaller arterioles which quickly retract and stop bleeding. All else being normal bruises are reabsorbed over time and resolve. ...Read more

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What can cause a spontaneous avulsion of a toenail without trauma?

What can cause a spontaneous avulsion of a toenail without trauma?

Varies: Poor shoe wear, nail disease such as an underlying fungal infection, running long distances and many other conditions can potentially cause a spontaneous loss of a nail. Don't hesitate to see a podiatrist for a good exam. ...Read more

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Can they go a week without noticing cerebral hemorrhage from an injury?

Can they go a week without noticing cerebral hemorrhage from an injury?

Yes, but days: Yes, very small brain bleeds may go unnoticed for quite some time, especially if they do not clot properly and continue to bleed slowly. However, a week seems a little too long for a cerebral hemorrhage to a) continue, and b) not start to cause symptoms. ...Read more

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Can untreated subdural hematoma cause brain damage? If so would it be immediate or months or years?

Can untreated subdural hematoma cause brain damage? If so would it be immediate or months or years?

Subdural hematoma: It is size dependent if untreated. I suspect your doctor felt small. Damage caused by pressure on brain..Symptoms usually within 48 hrs altho case from chicago childrens caused symptoms over a week later. Symptoms can be as as mild as headace altho rare or difiiculty using opposite side of body or signs of increased brain pressure such as lethargy and vomiting. ...Read more

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Can you have dislocated arm without any injury or trauma?

Can you have dislocated arm without any injury or trauma?

Maybe: Some people have congenitally loose joints that may sublux (partial dislocation) or dislocate without major trauma. This is very uncomfortable and needs a lot of rehab to strengthen the muscles around the loose joint. Would see your orthopaedic surgeon for advice. ...Read more

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Is it ever that a life threatening brain injury occur without a direct blow to the head. For example, a car accident ?

Is it ever that a life threatening brain injury occur without a direct blow to the head. For example, a car accident ?

Yes: Even if there is no impact, the rapid deceleration that occurs in a car accident can cause the brain to rapidly shift within the skull resulting in a shearing type injury, both to the brain, and to the blood vessels. ...Read more

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Can a ruptured brain aneurysm cause violent or aggressive behavior or do you just die?

Can a ruptured brain aneurysm cause violent or aggressive behavior or do you just die?

Usually not: To both questions. Brain aneurysms are survivable over half the time, and probably aren't to blame for aggressive behavior. ...Read more

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How come infections are always a serious threat after a severe burn or an abrasion?

How come infections are always a serious threat after a severe burn or an abrasion?

Loss of barrier: Skin provides a formidable barrier to entry of bacteria to underlying tissues- when disrupted, infection can ensue. Any devitalized tissue like burns provides a medium for bacteria to cause infection. ...Read more

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Is it possible to sustain brain injury or swelling from headbanging against a wall?

Is it possible to sustain brain injury or swelling from headbanging against a wall?

Unlikely: This is a common behavior we see in toddlers. It would be highly unlikely for anyone to purposely bang there head against a wall hard enough to cause a brain injury. ...Read more

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Can head trauma (not severe) cause a stroke?

Can head trauma (not severe) cause a stroke?

No: Traumatic brain injury is defined as damage to the brain resulting from an external mechanical force, such as rapid acceleration or deceleration, impact, blast waves, or penetration by a projectile. Stroke would represent a non-traumatic brain injury which does not involve an external mechanical force. ...Read more

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Other than a traumatic insult, what could cause a spontaneous rupture of the anterior tibial tendon?

Other than a traumatic insult, what could cause a spontaneous rupture of the anterior tibial  tendon?

Chronic inflammation: The anterior tibial tendon and other tendons can have chronic inflammation due to strain and fatigue (over-use of the tendon). This can cause weakening of the tendon, linear tears within the tendon and eventual rupture due to the weakening. ...Read more

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Can stretching cause a ruptured spleen? Or is it just a strained muscle?

Can stretching cause a ruptured spleen? Or is it just a strained muscle?

Enlarged Spleen: If the spleen is enlarged by a disease process it become more susceptible to injury. Otherwise, a normal spleen shouldn't have problems with streaching. ...Read more

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Would someone feel pain when a colon is perforated or can it be a painless and unidentifiable injury?

Would someone feel pain when a colon is perforated or can it be a painless and unidentifiable injury?

Usually painful: Perforation is usually extremely sharp and painful as the colon tears. After perforation pain may subside for a few hours before becoming constant and progressively more severe as bowel contents and bad organisms infect the abdominal cavity. ...Read more

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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more