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How To Rupture Your Spleen
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
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
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: 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
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