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My father was diagnosed with ruptured spleen. Should I be worried for him?

My father was diagnosed with ruptured spleen. Should I be worried for him?

YES & NO: Traumatic ruptured spleen is now managed expectantly in the hospital meaning 'watch and wait'. So if the patient is stable with no signs of hemorhage then it is safe to not do surgery and then send the patient home after observation. If there are signs of major hemorrhage soon after injury then immediate surgery is indicated. Complications of emergency surgery are related to overall health. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose a ruptured spleen?

How do doctors diagnose a ruptured spleen?

CAT Scan: Rupture of the spleen most commonly occurs after blunt abdominal trauma such as a car crash. Most ers will perform a ct of the abdomen when there is suspicion of abdominal trauma; these scans are very effective in the dx. If a patient is too unstable for a ct scan, an ultrasound may be performed at bedside leading to this diagnosis, yet this test is less specific for diagnosing splenic injury. ...Read more

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My toddler fell on a stool and landed on the left side near her lower ribs...should I be worried about a ruptured spleen?

My toddler fell on a stool and landed on the left side near her lower ribs...should I be worried about a ruptured spleen?

Ruptured Spleen: It usually takes quite a hit to cause such internal bleeding and falling off a kid stool should not be so forceful. Please see if anything more than a bruise, if large bruise or more pain lower abdomen than you would think or extreme tiredness, then take to ER ...Read more

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Can a ruptured spleen hurt my health?

Sure: A ruptured spleen can be fatal depending on the extent of the injury. Imho that is the worst thing it can do to you. However even removing the spleen (and saving your life) can lead to overwhelming infections. Most of us try nonoperative therapy first followed by surgery if this fails. Most of the time a repair can be done, but sometimes it must be removed. ...Read more

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How long it takes to heal a ruptured spleen?

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

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What are that can be associated with a ruptured spleen?

What are that can be associated with a ruptured spleen?

Bleeding and pain: Ruptured or fractured spleen is usually from an accident, trauma, or injury. It can cause internal bleeding and left upper abdominal pain. Lab tests and likely a ct scan will make the diagnosis. Some lesser splenic injuries will heal on their own, and a major spleen injury would need surgery to remove the spleen. ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time for a ruptured spleen?

What is the normal recovery time for a ruptured spleen?

Depends on cause: Fist two aspects to recovery: 1) trauma with associated injuries 2) solely spleen issue trauma = more time second two aspects: 1) minimally invasive surgery 2) large incision large incision = more time simple case is a few days complicated case can be several weeks if no surgery to remove the spleen then may be several months until activity is real ease to normal. ...Read more

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Is a ruptured spleen life-threatening?

Is a ruptured spleen life-threatening?

It can be: Ruptured spleens have different grades. And depending on your condition needs to be watched in the hospital, or have surgery. ...Read more

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How much time is surgery for a ruptured spleen?

Quickly, usually: If that is the only organ injured and the determination is that it must be removed, it takes about 1/2 hour to remove it in a normal sized person. In the seriously obese, it may take longer. The presence of other abdominal injuries changes the ball game entirely. ...Read more

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Can you die from a slightly ruptured spleen in your sleep?

Can you die from a slightly ruptured spleen in your sleep?

???: When was the injury? What was the grade / severity? Most lower grade splenic injuries are successfully managed conservatively and your body usually makes a complete recovery. You are usually kept under close watch and discharged when stable. Recurrent bleeding is possible but not common unless you aggrevated the injury, have bleeding tendencies or on certain meds. Talk to your treating doctor. ...Read more

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What is a ruptured spleen treatment?

Variable: The answer depends on the severity of the injury. Minor injury to the spleen can sometimes be managed without surgery by monitoring the patient for on-going bleeding, and operating only if bleeding persists. More severe injury to the spleen, or if it is associated with other injuries, is usually managed by removing the spleen surgically. ...Read more

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Ruptured spleen from trauma. Survival rate?

Good: Today, the survival rate is very good. In fact, most splenic trauma is managed non-operatively. It just depends on how bad the rupture is, other injuries, and if there appears to be active bleeding on ct. ...Read more

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How long hospital stay is required for a ruptured spleen?

A few days.: If the spleen is only minorly injured and there is only minimal or no bleeding a couple of days is usually enough, as long as it is the only injury. If it is a more major rupture and there has been some bleeding it may be several days. If it has to be removed it will depend on how you do postoperatively but will likely require at least 2 days after surgery and likely more than 2. ...Read more

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What sports puts an athlete at risk for a ruptured spleen?

What sports puts an athlete at risk for a ruptured spleen?

Contact sport mostly: Just about all contact sports have been associated with splenic trauma. Some are obviously worse than others (football, rugby, martial arts...). Your spleen is usually protected within your thoracic cage but if your spleen is enlarged or the rib cage is damaged (rib fracture - contact sport or fall - as in track and field...) it becomes vulnerable. ...Read more

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I have mono. Could this be complicated by a ruptured spleen?

Yes, good question: Mononucleosis can cause enlarged and engorged spleen, which is more prone to rupture with any blunt injury. Rarely, it can rupture spontaneously. So don't engage in any contact sports or any activity that might cause any injury. It does get smaller as you overcome your illness. ...Read more

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How long does one stay in hospital if had a ruptured spleen?

How long does one stay in hospital if had a ruptured spleen?

5-10 days: For a ruptured spleen your doctors will make sure no bleeding occurs. Next you need to be able to eat food and hold it down. They should have removed your ng tube by now. You may have staples in your skin. Those stay in until follow up. Be well and always wear your seat belt. ...Read more

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How long do I have to stay in the hospital for a ruptured spleen?

How long do I have to stay in the hospital for a ruptured spleen?

Depends: A ruptured spleen can range from very serious, even life threatening to relatively minor event depending on the reasons for the rupture and the initial care. In general, your team of docs wants to see that your blood counts are stable, your bowels are working, you are willing and able to care for yourself at home, pain is under control. Ok to ask your care team. ...Read more

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How long does it take a ruptured spleen to heal without treatment?

Splenic injury : The length of time required for a splenic injury to heal will invariably depend on the grade on the injury ( i.e. Severity of the injury). It can take six weeks to several months for a complete recovery. ...Read more

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How long do you have after a ruptured spleen to get to the hospital?

As fast as possible: The short answer is "until you die." depends on severity of rupture and other factors. If severe, every minute counts. ...Read more

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Ok I had a spleenic infarction the dr told me basically it was a ruptured spleen and should get better and it still hurts after 8 months ?

Ok I had a spleenic infarction the dr told me basically it was a ruptured spleen and should get better and it still hurts after 8 months ?

Why infarction?: You should find out why you had an infarction. For ex - if you have blood clots in the heart they can continue to cause problems to your spleen. If you now have a cyst in the spleen it may be growing and causing pain. In the absence of fever it is unlikely to be an infection. I would get a ct scan to see if anything has changed in your spleen. It may give clues to your pain or underlying problem. ...Read more

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