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Can You Rupture Your Spleen During Weightlifting
Usually: A ruptured spleen will usually cause internal bleeding within the abdominal cavity, which is quite painful and hard to miss. On occasion, there may be a contained rupture that does not cause immediate symptoms; this would be seen by ct scan even in the absence of symptoms. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Go to hospital: You should go to the hospital immediately. The spleen is very vascular and if it ruptures, the abdominal cavity can fill with blood very quickly leading to a rapid drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and possibly death. After being evaluated by the emergency physician and possibly having surgery, a few vaccines may be necessary to prevent some infections. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually: Ruptured spleen causes intra abdominal hemorrhage and shock within a few hours of injury. In some cases, a small tear can cause limited bleeding, which can even stop. The only way to know for sure whether you have a splenic injury or not, or its extent, is to do an imaging study, such as ultrasound or ct scan. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abdominal Pain: The spleen is a very vascular organ. Significant trauma may cause internal bleeding within the abdominal cavity. Blood is an irritant to the lining of the abdomen, causing pain wherever the blood may be. While the spleen resides behind the rib cage in the left upper abdomen, the pain can occur wherever the blood goes. If severe, the anemia can cause a rapid heart rate and/or lightheadedness. Read more
Pain AND BLEEDING: Left upper quadrant and left shoulder pain probably present, due to bleeding. It depends on the extent of injury whether surgery is needed. Bedrest and observation under medical care necessary until stable. Unstable or continuous bleeding requires surgery and removal of spleen. After splenectomy, then vaccines for some bacteria would be necessary. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ultrasound or CTscan: There is no way to know yourself or by simple xray if your spleen is ruptured. Need an imaging study like an ultrasound or ct scan to tell for sure. Limited damage to the spleen can often be managed without an operation but you should be watched carefully as late severe rupture can happen, with sudden internal bleeding. Read more
Variable: The answer depends on the severity of the injury. Minor injury to the spleen can sometimes be managed without surgery by monitoring the patient for on-going bleeding, and operating only if bleeding persists. More severe injury to the spleen, or if it is associated with other injuries, is usually managed by removing the spleen surgically. Read more
A few days.: If the spleen is only minorly injured and there is only minimal or no bleeding a couple of days is usually enough, as long as it is the only injury. If it is a more major rupture and there has been some bleeding it may be several days. If it has to be removed it will depend on how you do postoperatively but will likely require at least 2 days after surgery and likely more than 2. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Contact sport mostly: Just about all contact sports have been associated with splenic trauma. Some are obviously worse than others (football, rugby, martial arts...). Your spleen is usually protected within your thoracic cage but if your spleen is enlarged or the rib cage is damaged (rib fracture - contact sport or fall - as in track and field...) it becomes vulnerable. Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, good question: Mononucleosis can cause enlarged and engorged spleen, which is more prone to rupture with any blunt injury. Rarely, it can rupture spontaneously. So don't engage in any contact sports or any activity that might cause any injury. It does get smaller as you overcome your illness. Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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