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How Long Can I Live With A Shattered Spleen
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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'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.
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. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Life: Potentially a full life if bleeding is effectively controlled. Not having a spleen is very unlikely to change ones life span. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Depends: Splenic injuries are graded for severity. Less severe injuries may be treated non-operatively. More severe injuries may require emergency surgery. ...Read more
From what?: I think a more detailed description here will allow us to help you. Trauma to the spleen (laceration) is a surgical emergency that usually requires splenectomy; patients usually can then lead normal lives, with few restrictions. Liver is another matter; more details will help us determine whether a gastroenterologist or a hematologist would be better suited to answer your question. ...Read more
Depends: Most of the time ruptured spleen is a result of significant trauma and the abdominal pain would be very noticeable, and the person is evaluated and diagnosed quickly in an emergency room setting. But, I have also seen torn spleen that ruptures days after a neglected injury in someone who did not seek medical evaluation immediately after a significant traumatic injury. ...Read more
ASAP: Spleen injury can be very serious! The spleen is prone to bleeding, which could become life threatening. If a spleen injury occurs, you need to go to a hospital as soon as possible for evaluation. Most bleeding stops on its own and does not require surgery. But the only way to tell for sure is to have it checked out at the hospital. ...Read more
How long a spleen pain lasts at a time? Is there any medication b4 start the pain? She is 2 years with beta thalassemia intermedia. Hbn is 8.6 now.
Try Ibuprofen: I am assuming that her splenic pain is due to splenic sequestration. Blood may suddenly pool in the spleen. It causes splenic capsule to stretch out causing pain, but also causing her hemoglobin to drop, and may make her very sick. Mild splenic sequestration is tolerable, and for that, one could give Ibuprofen or acetaminophen, but for severe pain, I would recommend a visit to an emergency room. ...Read more
I am having my spleen removed with a cyst. Dr says he is trying lapro but I will have a 4 inch incisions to pull it out. How long will my recovery?
Splenectomy: You really should discuss this with the surgeon....Make sure you are not the first patient he/she will be doing the procedure on. Additionally, laproscopic procedures tend to have faster recovery times, but once again, you must discuss this with the surgeon. ...Read more
It depends on the--: -grade. I-IV. I=care for about2-4weeks, II=3-5, anything above is much more serious & U should follow the instructions from Ur treating MD. Preferably a surgeon. Since U most likely had an MRI U need follow the advice of Ur treater. The spleen is easy to injure @ surgery just by a gentle poke of a finger, & very vascular so any bleeding from it is life threatening. ...Read more
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