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Dr. Joseph Sucher
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Spleen Injury (Overview)

Trauma or damage to the spleen, which is an abdominal organ that produces and removes blood cells .


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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
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Spleen Injury (Overview)

Trauma or damage to the spleen, which is an abdominal organ that produces and removes blood cells .


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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?

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

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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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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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Lacerated spleen injury. Do they have to remove it?

Lacerated spleen injury. Do they have to remove it?

Depends: Most splenic injuries are able to be managed non-operatively. Some injuries may require an operation. Sometimes it can be repaired, or part of it removed (very rare). Many times splenic embolization is done by an interventional radiologist, who threads a catheter into the arteries to deposit "coils" or "foam" that stops the blood flow to the damaged area of the spleen. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms associated with spleen injury?

What are the symptoms associated with spleen injury?

Bleeding and pain: 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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What is the definition or description of: Spleen injury?

What is the definition or description of: Spleen injury?

Spleen injury?: Trauma or damage to the spleen, which is an abdominal organ that produces and removes blood cells . ...Read more

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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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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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Is it ok to fly in a pressurized airplane cabin (3, 000 psi), 5 days after a level i - II spleen injury?

Is it ok to fly in a pressurized airplane cabin (3, 000 psi), 5 days after a level i - II spleen injury?

Check with your doc: Your ability to safely fly depends on more than just the injury diagnosis. You should check with your doctor who knows all about the details of your hospitalization and current condition. ...Read more

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What is the risk of playing football after a grade 3 spleen injury?

When?: When was the injury? How is the person' health currently? III Haematoma Subcapsular, >50% surface area or expanding. Ruptured subcapsular or parenchymal haematoma. Intraparencymal haematoma >5cm 3Laceration >3cm parenchymal depth or involving trabecular vessels. ...Read more

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Lacerated spleen injury. Should surgeon or trauma doctor answer our questions?

Yes: Your surgeon should answer your questions. Realize that they will have a very busy emergency schedule, so select one member of your family to ask the questions from your group & that selected person to relay the answers back to your group. Do not have multiple individuals from your group all call and each try to ask questions. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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