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A 33-year-old member asked:

how fast would a knife wound to the spleen kill you?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael McGonigal
General Surgery 39 years experience
Depends on bleeding: The spleen has a very good blood supply. Many times, bleeding from a stab to the spleen will stop on its own. If a major artery in the spleen is damaged, it's possible to die in less than an hour.
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
General Surgery 31 years experience
Depends: If spleen is severely injured, very quickly. If the spleen has barely been touched by the knife, not at all.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for knife wound?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
General Surgery 39 years experience
Where?: Where is the knife wound? Usually a doctor's physical examination is sufficient, examination of nerve feeling and muscle function at the site if involving an extremity. Examination of the depth of the wound depending on location. Sometimes blood tests, and sometimes direct surgical exploration in the operating room is indicated.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for knife wound?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology 52 years experience
Diagnosis, antisepsi: The wound will be evaluated for position of the entry site, risk to underlying structures, risk of infection (you may need to renew your tetanus shot), and size and structures of the wound. This may require flush, antisepsis, sutures and proper bandaging. This can be done in an er or with a plastic surgeon.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How long should it take a major knife wound to heal?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Depends on…: Size & depth of wound, amount of internal damage, location of wound, whether blood supply to area was compromised, individual healing patterns, presence of comorbid conditions like diabetes, infection, smoker. Surgeon that treated wound should be best source for healing time estimate.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Will my knife wound heal without treatment?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tchaka Shepherd
Trauma Surgery 23 years experience
Seek treatment : The human body when injured promptly sets upon the task of attempting to heal itself. If the injury itself does not compromise the functioning of a vital organ then when given enough time any injury involving the "soft tissues" of the body can heal. The caveat however is that if not treated appropriately underlying injuries can be missed , infectious and cosmetic complication can also arise.
A 33-year-old member asked:

For how long does a serrated knife wound take to heal?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Burns
Emergency Medicine 37 years experience
A serrated: Knife wound to the heart is a different matter that the same wound to the fingertip so your question is a little vague.

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