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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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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Ruptured Spleen (Definition)

Ruptured spleen is a condition where the spleen, a solid organ with a large blood flow, is injured. Commonly this is caused by trauma, such as a car accident or a fall, and is dangerous because the spleen has the ...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?

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

Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more