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Doctor insights on: Possible Liver Laceration

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How long should I wait before drinking alcohol after a car accident with a possible liver laceration?

How long should I wait before drinking alcohol after a car accident with a possible liver laceration?

Alcohol: If the car accident had anything to do with alcohol, I wouldn't recommend you drink ever.
Consult with your physician for clearance for alcohol consumption. ...Read more

Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Liver (Definition)

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


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How long should I wait to drink alcohol after a car accident with a possible liver laceration?

How long should I wait to drink alcohol after a car accident with a possible liver laceration?

Alcohol: If the car accident had anything to do with alcohol, I wouldn't recommend you drink ever.
Consult with your physician for clearance for alcohol consumption. ...Read more

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For how long do I have to wait to drink alcohol after a car accident (possible liver laceration)?

For how long do I have to wait to drink alcohol after a car accident (possible liver laceration)?

Depends on severity: Of injury, but you should wait at least until your blood tests are completely normal. Alcohol is toxic to liver cells. Ask your doctor for specific recommendation in your case. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of liver laceration?

What are the symptoms of liver laceration?

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

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How long for level 5 liver laceration to heal?

How long for level 5 liver laceration to heal?

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

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How long does it take for a liver laceration to heal?

How long does it take for a liver laceration to heal?

Liver heals good: Liver has tremendous resilience I have seen improvement in 6 weeks but I am certain about statistical data. ...Read more

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What kind of accidents can result in a liver laceration?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Liver laceration?

What is the definition or description of: Liver laceration?

Liver tear: A liver laceration is a rent in the hepatic substance itself usually secondary to trauma (blunt or penetrating). ...Read more

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How long after a liver laceration will it be before I can workout and lift weights?

How long after a liver laceration will it be before I can workout and lift weights?

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

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What does a ninety percent damaged liver laceration mean and how long does it take to heal?

What does a ninety percent damaged liver laceration mean and how long does it take to heal?

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

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What is the treatment for liver laceration?

What is the treatment for liver laceration?

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

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I had cycling crash and had liver laceration grade 2, how long and time should I recover (rest) and start cycling again?

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

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Can a liver laceration mean there was child abuse?

Can a liver laceration mean there was child abuse?

Depends: Depends on the age of the child and the circumstances. If the facts on how injury occurred are sketchy and hard to believe than abuse is always in the differential. ...Read more

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I suffered a grade 4 liver laceration. Hospitalized for nine days. How long should I wait before consuming alcohol?

I suffered a grade 4 liver laceration. Hospitalized for nine days. How long should I wait before consuming alcohol?

6-8 weeks: You want to wait 6-8 weeks to consume alcohol. The liver needs to heal completely. Remember also that the maximum amount of alcohol that is felt to be safe for women to consume is no more than one drink a day, that is one beer, one small glass of wine or one shot of spirits. ...Read more

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After a liver laceration grade 2, how long they will keep you in the hospital? Can I ask for going home after 3week?

After a liver laceration grade 2, how long they will keep you in the hospital? Can I ask for going home after 3week?

Serious Trauma: To get a liver laceration grade 2, you had to have had serious trauma. The liver is just one thing that doctors look at when patients have trauma of that magnitude. The doctors will let you know when it is safe you go home. ...Read more

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With a grade 2 liver laceration, how long before you can drink a beer?

With a grade 2 liver laceration, how long before you can drink a beer?

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

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Could a grade three liver laceration still effect liver enzyme levels and liver function nearly ten years later?

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

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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?

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

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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

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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?

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

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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.

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

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Could a laceration to the liver cause dehydration?

Could a laceration to the liver cause dehydration?

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

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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

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

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What to do if I have a level 5 laceration on my liver, what does this mean?

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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Liver Laceration (Definition)

A liver laceration is a rent in the hepatic substance itself usually secondary to ...Read more


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