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Doctor insights on: Causes Of A Ruptured Spleen

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What can cause a ruptured spleen?

What can cause a ruptured spleen?

Trauma: 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. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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Can stretching cause a ruptured spleen? Or is it just a strained muscle?

Can stretching cause a ruptured spleen? Or is it just a strained muscle?

Enlarged Spleen: If the spleen is enlarged by a disease process it become more susceptible to injury. Otherwise, a normal spleen shouldn't have problems with streaching. ...Read more

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How likely will malaria cause my spleen to rupture?

How likely will malaria cause my spleen to rupture?

Uncommon: 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. ...Read more

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Can a ruptured spleen cause sudden death?

Maybe: 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. ...Read more

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How is a ruptured spleen treated?

Depends: If the injury is minor, observation in the hospital for a few days is all that is required. If the injury is major, surgery will be needed to remove the spleen and control any internal bleeding. A CT scan is the best way to know how serious the injury is. ...Read more

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How dangerous is a ruptured spleen?

How dangerous  is a ruptured spleen?

Potentially...Very: 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. ...Read more

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Can a ruptured spleen hurt my health?

Sure: 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. ...Read more

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What do they do for a ruptured spleen?

What do they do for a ruptured spleen?

How badly ruptured: 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. ...Read more

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How painful is a ruptured spleen feel?

Painful: The spleen lies just under the diaphragm on the left side so when it ruptures the blood gets under the diaphragm causing significant pain with each breath and sometimes into the left shoulder blade area additionaly blood will run down left side causing pain along left side even into pelvis. It is usually very painful. ...Read more

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What are the tests for ruptured spleen?

Several: A blood test to check for anemia (low red blood cells) might be done, the best test is a CT scan which is very good at showing an injury to the spleen. Rarely a small surgical procedure to check for blood in the abdomen might be done (DPL test) ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a ruptured spleen?

How to tell if I have a ruptured spleen?

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 more

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What are symptoms of a ruptured spleen?

What are symptoms of  a ruptured spleen?

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

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How long it takes to heal a ruptured spleen?

Perhaps 6-12 months: Most ruptured spleens are due to trauma, in which case most of the time they are surgically removed. You can live without a spleen, though it does have some impact of immune function. Iron storage (also done in bone marrow and liver), and old red blood cell destruction (life of an RBC is 100 days). Must avoid any contact sports or further trauma to that area (left upper quadrant of abdomen). ...Read more

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How long can you live with a ruptured spleen?

How long can you live with a ruptured spleen?

Internal bleeding: A ruptured spleen can have a variable degree of injury. The spleen damage may be minor and heal on its own, or may be a major injury with significant life threatening internal bleeding that needs emergency surgery to remove the spleen. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of having a ruptured spleen?

What are symptoms of having a ruptured spleen?

Severe pain: Usually severe l side pain on the abdomen or shoulder pain. Also dizziness due to massive blood loss and flank bruising. It is an emergency! www.Drlugo.Com. ...Read more

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How long can you survive with a ruptured spleen?

How long can you survive with a ruptured spleen?

Medical Care Needed: 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. ...Read more

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What does one feel if one has a ruptured spleen?

Splenic injury: Splenic rupture is rupture of the spleen capsule. The spleen is located in the left upper abdominal area. The symptoms can range from left upper abdominal pain to shoulder pain and pleuritic chest pain. In advanced situations tachycardia and hypotension will develop as signs of shock. I hope this is of help. ...Read more

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How long does it take to heal a ruptured spleen?

How long does it take to heal a ruptured spleen?

At least 3 months: We recommend to maintain precautions for at least three months, and in high risk patients (like someone playing contact sports) to obtain a repeat scan before being cleared to resume the risky activity. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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