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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: 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
Your chances are ...: Good. Surgeons frequently see splenic injuries (ruptures) from blunt abdominal trauma. Patients who are hemodyamically stable and not actively bleeding can often be treated nonoperatively, and the spleen scars back together. Unstable, actively bleeding patients undergo operation to repair or remove the spleen. In developed countries, it is rare to die of a splenic injury these days. ...Read more
Go to hospital: You should go to the hospital immediately. The spleen is very vascular and if it ruptures, the abdominal cavity can fill with blood very quickly leading to a rapid drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and possibly death. After being evaluated by the emergency physician and possibly having surgery, a few vaccines may be necessary to prevent some infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a splenic cyst that measures 4.4 cm. would exercise put me at any risk for a rupture of the spleen?
Goto ER: Its an emergency. You could bleed to death. Sometimes surgery is warranted to remove the spleen. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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