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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
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
Other injuries?: Most people survive isolated splenic rupture if taken promptly to a major trauma center. However, ruptured spleens are often seen in patients with multiple other injuries (such as rib fractures, pelvic fractures, spinal injuries, and head injuries). Multiple trauma patients have a much lower survival rate depending on the type and extent of organs injured. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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