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Possible Liver Laceration
How long should I wait before drinking alcohol after a car accident with a possible liver laceration?
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
See below: Pain is the most common symptom. This is due to bleeding. If the live capsule is intact the bleeding will be contained in the liver and the pain will be focused in the right upper abdomen. If the capsule is torn the bleeding will be throughout the abdomen and the pain will be more diffuse. Other symptoms could be fast heartbeat, shortness of breath, pale skin, blacking out, decreased urine. ...Read more
Several weeks: A grade v liver laceration is severe. It will take several weeks to heal. Not only is the liver lacerated but you may have blood loss and it will take time to recover from other injuries. Start slow and build each day. If you over do it you will notice the next day. If you are taking narcotics for pain then use colace (docusate sodium) and senna. Be well. ...Read more
Liver heals good: Liver has tremendous resilience I have seen improvement in 6 weeks but I am certain about statistical data. ...Read more
All kinds!: Liver injuries include blunt and penetrating. The latter are often caused by gunshots and stabbings, although industrial incidents also occur. In blunt force trauma, the most likely causes are car crashes, motorcycle wrecks and falls. Lacerations can be cause by direct trauma (e.g. Steering wheel impact) or deceleration and tearing of the livers attachments. ...Read more
Depends: There are many factors that come into play when determining when it is appropriate to start a workout and weight lifting program after a liver laceration. These factors include the severity of the laceration, its location, the involvement of any major blood vessels, the surgery performed, and the strenuousness of the workout you desire to pursue. See your surgeon to address your specific needs. ...Read more
Liver lacerations: A liver laceration is caused by blunt force trauma; a transfer of energy. Car crashes, falls, beatings, boxing and sports injuries are most common causes. Some of these lacerations are observed and some require surgical intervention. The 90% may refer to some aspect of the liver function or the laceration. Ok to ask your health team. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on type of injury, blunt. Or penetrating, small laceration or extensive laceration, what is involved major vessels like hepatic vein or vena cava are involved. Simple injuries are by simple repair with contol of bleeding area of liver, complex injuries require like resection of liver lobe, ligation of hepatic artery, or repair of complex vascular reconstruction etc. ...Read more
Mostly not: Usually they stop bleeding spontaneously, unless massive.... ...Read more
I had cycling crash and had liver laceration grade 2, how long and time should I recover (rest) and start cycling again?
Good question: No one really knows for sure how long liver lacerations take to heal, but it depends on extent of damage, associated organ injury, location of injury, etc. I would say 3 months to resume, if you are doing competitive cycling. If you are just riding with low risk of another crash, you can probably resume as soon as pain resolves. Ask your trauma surgeon for specific recommendations in your case ...Read more
I suffered a grade 4 liver laceration. Hospitalized for nine days. How long should I wait before consuming alcohol?
After a liver laceration grade 2, how long they will keep you in the hospital? Can I ask for going home after 3week?
Be kind: To your liver. It's the only one you get, and a transplant is a big deal. A liver laceration can take several weeks to heal. Wait for the ok from your doctor before considering doing anything that might compromise the health of your liver. Follow up imaging like an ultrasound may be helpful. ...Read more
Could a grade three liver laceration still effect liver enzyme levels and liver function nearly ten years later?
No: Elevated liver enzymes suggests recent liver cell damage due to viral, drug, poison or other causes. ...Read more
I was a passenger of a car accident 6 weeks ago and suffered a grade 3 liver laceration. I haven't yet consumed any alcohol. Can I start to now?
Probably: Grade III liver lacerations are moderately severe injuries (Grade I being the most minor to Grade 5 being the most severe). If you are free of any symptoms (pain, nausea, etc) then you are likely well healed from your injury. To be safe, seeing your physician and having some basic blood tests performed (frequently termed LFTs) can be done. ...Read more
My son eas injured in a car crash caused a grade 2 liver laceration. Even since he has been home he complains he is always tired should I worrie?
Liver laceration: I have to believe by your comment that the surgeons elected to observe the lacerated liver. Just experiencing the type of trauma enough to lacerated the liver will cause a degree of lethargy for a while. My concern would be the possibility of continued blood loss from the laceration. Follow up with your family physician or surgeon and repeat a complete blood count and possibly a repeat ct scan. ...Read more
Could a hypermobile joint syndrome contribute to a liver laceration from a high ropes course harness where nothing appeared to go wrong with the stunt?
No: Livers are not hypermobile joints.Get a more detailed answer ›
24 days ago I broke 4 ribs (right side) with pneumothorax (right side) and a grade 3 liver laceration. I'm home now but I have a cough now, why?
Atelectasis: You say you have to cough? Do you mean your doctors told you to cough or you have the sensation on needing to cough. After surgery or trauma, particularly pneumothorax (air in the lungs, most likely from the ribs puncturing the rib cage or the lungs itself) the lung collapses and needs to be re-expanded. Deep breathing and coughing helps do that to prevent a condition called atelectasis. ...Read more
How long does a 2nd degree liver laceration take to heal? I stayed in the hospital for 2 days for monitoring, no surgery needed. The physician said there was minimal bleeding. I am wondering how long I should wait to drink alcohol.
One month: There is no definite info regarding mild drinking and liver laceration healing. I just makes sense not to challenge the liver while it is healing. On the other hand, was your laceration related to your drinking? If so, you need to get it under control before something worse happens. ...Read more
Why do you ask?: Someone with a lacerated liver is seriously sick and will be in a place where fluid management needs to be carried out meticulously. ...Read more
I have small lacerations on my liver from a car wreck four days ago. How long will they be healed up? They are only about two centimeters long
Quickly: They should heal completely by about three weeks. Of course you must avoid further injury. ...Read more
Hi there I'm just curious I lacerated my liver in january when can I drink again? It was grade 5 out of 6 laceration and has bled since january
When it's legal: You describe yourself as being age 17. You can legally drink as soon as you're old enough. I'm very glad that your liver is healing up, and I hope that your mishap was not connected with your underage drinking, or if it was, that you learned -- like we all learn -- from our youthful misadventures. Actually, as soon as you feel well, your liver can process ethanol as it did before. Be responsible. ...Read more
Bad things: I hope this is a joke and you do not have a level 5 laceration. Liver lacerations are Graded 1-6. A level 5 liver laceration is a injury with a very high mortality. Most people do not survive this type of injury. A Level 1 Trauma center with an amazing Trauma surgeon would be your best shot of getting out of this dicey situation ...Read more