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What can cause a ruptured spleen?

Trauma

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An accident such as a serious fall, car accident, knife or gun shot injury, or being struck very hard in the abdomen can cause ruptured spleen. Rare situations of minor injury in a person with an already enlarged or diseased spleen could result in splenic damage too.
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what are symptoms of a ruptured spleen?

Abdominal Pain

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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.
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What is the feeling of a ruptured spleen like?

You may have acute

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abdominal pain, left shoulder pain. Your pulse will go up and your blood pressure will drop.
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Can a ruptured spleen cause sudden death?

Maybe

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Ruptured spleen will cause internal bleeding. If the injury is severe and there is no medical treatment available, then it is possible to die from internal bleeding.
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Dr. Richard K. Orr answered:

How likely will malaria cause my spleen to rupture?

Uncommon

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The medical literature suggests that splenic rupture occurs in about 2% (2 out of 100) of malaria cases. This occurs more often during the early phases of the malaria attack and is more common in malaria strains found in Turkey. The most common symptom is pain the the left upper abdomen.
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How is a ruptured spleen treated?

Depends on severity

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The spleen is a very vascular organ and, though well protected by the rib cage, is susceptible to blunt trauma. Minor injuries may usually be managed by "watchful waiting", but rupture can lead to life-threatening bleeding. In the past, this meant splenectomy. Nowadays, we can often stop the bleeding nonsurgically by internally closing off the bleeding vessels via interventional radiology.
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What is a ruptured spleen treatment?

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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.
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How dangerous is a ruptured spleen?

Potentially...Very

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The spleen is a very vascular organ and, though well protected by the rib cage, is susceptible to blunt trauma. Minor injuries may usually be managed by "watchful waiting", but rupture can lead to life-threatening bleeding. In the past, this meant splenectomy. Nowadays, we can often stop the bleeding nonsurgically by internally closing off the bleeding vessels via interventional radiology.
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Dr. Paul J. Harper answered:

Can a ruptured spleen hurt my health?

Sure

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A ruptured spleen can be fatal depending on the extent of the injury. IMHO that is the worst thing it can do to you. However even removing the spleen (and saving your life) can lead to overwhelming infections. Most of us try nonoperative therapy first followed by surgery if this fails. Most of the time a repair can be done, but sometimes it must be removed.
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What do they do for a ruptured spleen?

How badly ruptured

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If you are not actively bleeding or are only minimally bleeding it can be watched and left in place. If bleeding is heavy or uncontrollable it will be removed if you are an adult or if you are a child an attempt to repair the spleen may be undertaken.
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