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How long can you go with a lacerated spleen?

How long can you go with a lacerated spleen?

Depends: You can bleed to death into your peritoneal cavity in a few minutes, or the spleen can self-repair. If you're not in considerable pain and your vital signs are stable, trust your surgeon if he/she has decided to watch you.

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How long can you live without a spleen? I'm 19. Haven't had one for 3 years.

How long can you live without a spleen? I'm 19. Haven't had one for 3 years.

A long life: Removal of the spleen makes you slightly more susceptible to certain types of bacterial infections (pneumococcal) but you should have been immunized against them. You can still live a normal lifespan without it. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!

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I have a 5 by 6 CM split in my spleen, but it wasn't take it out. How long will it take to fully recover?

I have a 5 by 6 CM split in my spleen, but it wasn't take it out. How long will it take to fully recover?

Splenic Trauma: The spleen is an easily traumatized organ in the abdomen. An injury to the spleen can be quite problematic. Most trauma surgeons would recommend avoiding excessive physical activity for about 4-6 weeks after a splenic injury. Any excessive activity such as contact sports, etc can cause re-bleeding of the spleen, necessitating surgery to remove the spleen.

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Hello. Could you please tell me how much longer should I avoid workouts? Its been 6 weeks sience my accident where my spleen was lacerated (3-4).

Hello. Could you please tell me how much longer should I avoid workouts? Its been 6 weeks sience my accident where my spleen was lacerated (3-4).

In theory you are OK: You need to discuss with your physicians to be certain. It depends on how well the spleen has healed.

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What is a shattered spleen and treatment?

What is a shattered spleen and treatment?

Ruptured spleen: Ruptured spleen means the capsule that contains the spleen is broken or torn, usually by blunt force trauma. Car crash, falls, hit by something are causes of blunt force. Treatment depends on the degree of damage to the spleen and its blood supply. In many cases, observation, protection from further trauma is sufficient. Organ repair or removal is sometimes necessary. Ok to ask your team of docs.

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If my spleen ruptures how long will I live?

If my spleen ruptures how long will I live?

Depends: If you have a ruptured spleen and get to hospital on time to be treated you will have a normal life; however, if splenectomy is performed, you will need to be vaccinated against encapsulated bacteria because you will be very susceptible to develop infections from such bacteria once you have no spleen.

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Please suggest what type of life long follow-up is required after spleen removal?

Please suggest what type of life long follow-up is required after spleen removal?

Spleen removal: Removal of the spleen will make it more difficult for the body to fight infection with certain bacteria. If the spleen has been removed, the doctor will usually order a pneumococcus shot a few days after surgery. This will help the body fight the bacteria that the spleen usually is able to kill. Booster shots should be given every 10 years or so for the rest of the patient's life.

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How long will it take my spleen to recover from having mono?

How long will it take my spleen to recover from having mono?

It will vary: This depends on how long it takes for the mono to resolve. The spleen is composed of lymphoid tissue, which commonly swells during mono. The doctor will assess the progress of mono often times by examining the spleen. As the mono resolves, so will the size of the spleen. This takes between two weeks and two months or more.

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I have no spleen. Should I take any precautions in my daily life? And will there be any change in the long run? Thanks

I have no spleen. Should I take any precautions in my daily life? And will there be any change in the long run? Thanks

Yes: That means you are more prone to have infection from bacteria with capsules and to clear certain parasitic infections. Nonetheless you should get Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 following by Pneumovax 1st in one year then every 5-10 yrs thereafter.

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I'm 60 yrs old. Went for a petscan and it shows spots on my long and spleen. What could be the cause and diagnosis. Thank you.

I'm 60 yrs old. Went for a petscan and it shows spots on my long and spleen. What could be the cause and diagnosis. Thank you.

Talk to Doc: Since there are many types of spots, it is impossible to guess what the problem may be. You will likely get a better answer from the doctor who ordered the PET scan instead of here.

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How do you live a live long life with weaker immune system (no spleen). How weaker is it without a spleen and what way is it weaker?

How do you live a live long life with weaker immune system (no spleen). How weaker is it without a spleen and what way is it weaker?

Immunized: Here is a excerpt from the Merck Manual:People who do not have a spleen are at. High risk of infections because of the spleen’s role in fighting certain kinds of bacteria, such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Haemophilus influenzae. Because of this risk, people receive vaccinations to help protect them from infection with these organisms. Get immunized.

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How long can you live without a spleen? Higher chance of cancer or no? And can you live to 80 without a spleen if no complications? Reasking as noanswer

How long can you live without a spleen? Higher chance of cancer or no? And can you live to 80 without a spleen if no complications? Reasking as noanswer

Risk of infection: Lack of spleen predisposes a person to infections, especially streptococcus pneumoniae infection, however that can be addressed by immunization. Lack of spleen should not affect life span if infections are controlled.

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How long it takes to heal a ruptured spleen?

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How long will someone live from a ruptured spleen?

Life: Potentially a full life if bleeding is effectively controlled. Not having a spleen is very unlikely to change ones life span.

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If I get mono, how long will my spleen stay swollen?

If I get mono, how long will my spleen stay swollen?

Duration of illness: The fact that one's spleen swells during the course of mononucleosis means that the spleen is functioning properly. It is a filter for bacteria and abnormal blood cells, and as such will swell in a state that gives rise to these conditions. The spleen size is often monitored by your doctor while you are ill and the recession of spleen size is an indication of improving health.

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