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Dr. Joseph Sucher
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Spleen Injury (Overview)

Spleen injury is a condition in which a person has a bruise or rupture in his spleen, an organ under the ribs, near the stomach, and holds a lot of blood. A ruptured spleen is an emergency because there can be a lot of internal bleeding.


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Hit by a ball on left side. Do you think I have a spleen injury?

Hit by a ball on left side.  Do you think I have a spleen injury?

Probably not: Although I have seen one case of a ruptured spleen due to a thrown ball, it is very uncommon. Still, if you have persistent pain in the left upper abdomen near the rib cage, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Sucher
37 doctors shared insights

Spleen Injury (Overview)

Spleen injury is a condition in which a person has a bruise or rupture in his spleen, an organ under the ribs, near the stomach, and holds a lot of blood. A ruptured spleen is an emergency because there can be a lot of internal bleeding.


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What are the symptoms of a spleen injury?

What are the symptoms of a spleen injury?

Injury can be trivia: Or serious. If you haven't had surgery yet, you probably fall into former category. Left upper quadrant pain with radiation to shoulder tip, palpable mass or abdominal distention, and anemia symptoms such as lightheadedness are typical symptoms, but you need an imaging test to confirm. See a doctor if you have any symptoms. ...Read more

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Treating Eye Injuries (Checklist)

Seek immediate medical attention
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If it's a chemical exposure, rinse eye with water for 15 minutes
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Do NOT rub eye
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I may have a spleen injury. Do not want a CT scan. No symptoms other than pain. Can ultrasound diagnose the extent of the injury. Thank you?

I may have a spleen injury. Do not want  a CT scan. No symptoms other than pain. Can ultrasound diagnose the extent of the injury. Thank you?

Not entirely: Generally a ct will evaluate not only the spleen, but the other organs (kidney, adrenal gland, ribs, lung base, pancreas, stomach/ bowel and adjacent retroperitoneum) in the left upper quadrant – the area where you seem to have your discomfort. An us can accurately evaluate the spleen, and the left kidney but may have limitations based on body habitus, rib shadowing, bowel gas – to fully evaluate. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spleen injury?

What are the tests for spleen injury?

See below: Ruptured or fractured spleen is usually from an accident, trauma, or injury. It can cause internal bleeding and left upper abdominal pain. Lab tests and likely a ct scan will make the diagnosis. Some lesser splenic injuries will heal on their own, and a major spleen injury would need surgery to remove the spleen. ...Read more

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Treating a Head Injury (Checklist)

Get help now
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Try not to diagnose yourself
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Don't drive a vehicle--have someone else drive you
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Ice the area, if you can
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What is the treatment for spleen injury?

See below: Ruptured or fractured spleen is usually from an accident, trauma, or injury. It can cause internal bleeding and left upper abdominal pain. Lab tests and likely a ct scan will make the diagnosis. Some lesser splenic injuries will heal on their own, and a major spleen injury would need surgery to remove the spleen. ...Read more

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How to grade spleen injury?

How to grade spleen injury?

AIS: The system used is the AIS-Abbreviated Injury Score or scale. You can find it online. Basically there are 5 grades , based on the extent of injury seen on CT or in the OR. ...Read more

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Treating a Rotator Cuff Injury (Checklist)

Have a check-up with your orthopedic or sports doc
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How can we grade spleen injury?

How can we grade spleen injury?

AIS: There is well defined system for grading all solid organ injuries, called the AIS (Abbreviated Injury Score). This is can be found online easily and the details are organ specific. Usually runs from Grade 1 to 5. An AIS exists for every body region. Originally, it was the appearance of the spleen at surgery, but now is based on CT findings. We rarely operate on injured spleens today. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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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