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How To Identify If Your Spleen Is Rupturing
Pain left upper abd: Splenic rupture can occur with injury to the left upper quadrant of the abdomen (below left side of rib cage), which is where the spleen is located. With severe internal bleeding, there can also be lightheadedness esp when standing, fainting, trouble breathing. The only way to tell for sure is to be scanned. Any injury bad enough to warrant fear of splenic injury warrants emergency evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unlikely: The most common cause of splenic injury is blunt trauma that occurs folllowing motor vehicle crashes. The degree of injury can vary from a mild bruise, to a tear, to a frank rupture. The spleen is a very vascular organ; if the injury is severe, life-threatening bleeding can occur that, if left untreated, can lead to death. Thankfully, most people make it to the er before that occurs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually: Any internal bleeding within the abdominal cavity tends to irritate the lining of the cavity, simulating peritonitis, and causing significant pain. On rare occasion, a "contained rupture" of the spleen may occur which is not painful, only to "open up" days top weeks later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ruptured spleen: It would have to be a lot of force put on your spleen for it to rupture. With enough force, a blow to your abdomen during a sporting injury, a fistfight, or a car accident might lead to a ruptured spleen, which could cause life-threatening internal bleeding. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Generally very good if you get early medical care. ...Read more
Unpredictable: Splenic trauma puts one at-risk for internal bleeding, the severity of which varies by the degree of injury. When evaluated w/a ct scan & monitored in a hospital setting, some people may avoid surgery; others require life-saving splenectomy. Therefore, ones chances of surviving splenic rupture in a hospital setting are very high; outside the hospital, unpredictable and dangerous. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on quality: of the spleen. If its a healthy, then considerable amount of force would be needed, or a rib fractured in that area can puncture it. A fall onto left side causes the left elbow hitting the splenic region is a known way of splenic rupture. If the spleen is diseased (weakened) from any cause, then a minor trauma can certainly rupture it. ...Read more
Need more info: Was the spleen removed with surgery or did the ruptured spleen heal on its own? If removed it will not grow back, but small chance if there were any pieces of residual spleen that small pieces may grow. If the spleen ruptured & healed on its own then there is no change to the spleen. ...Read more
Yes, with trauma: Trauma to the left upper portion of your abdomen or the lower portion of your left ribcage can result in a splenic injury, either a laceration or contusion/hematoma of the spleen. The main worry with a splenic injury is bleeding. A hemodynamically stable patient with such an injury may be put at bedrest and followed closely. Others go to the OR for repair or removal of the spleen. ...Read more
Pain: I would believe most cases of splenic ruptures would be trauma such as a car accident or participating in contact sport as football. There are medical conditions that cause enlargement of the spleen and could possible cause a rupture. Pain would be the most common symptom. The pain most likely would be in the abdomen but pain can be referred to other areas such as the back, chest, or pelvis ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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