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Dr. Austina Cho
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Ruptured Spleen (Overview)

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 potential to bleed profusely.


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What are symptoms of having a ruptured spleen?

What are symptoms of having a ruptured spleen?

Severe pain: Usually severe l side pain on the abdomen or shoulder pain. Also dizziness due to massive blood loss and flank bruising. It is an emergency! www.Drlugo.Com. ...Read more

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Dr. Austina Cho
70 doctors shared insights

Ruptured Spleen (Overview)

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 potential to bleed profusely.


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What are symptoms of a ruptured spleen?

What are symptoms of  a ruptured spleen?

Abdominal Pain: The spleen is a very vascular organ. Significant trauma may cause internal bleeding within the abdominal cavity. Blood is an irritant to the lining of the abdomen, causing pain wherever the blood may be. While the spleen resides behind the rib cage in the left upper abdomen, the pain can occur wherever the blood goes. If severe, the anemia can cause a rapid heart rate and/or lightheadedness. ...Read more

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Is dark urine a sign of ruptured spleen with mono?

Is dark urine a sign of ruptured spleen with mono?

Probably not: May be bilirubin from jaundice with liver effects of mono. Or concentration if dehydrated. Easily determined by urinalysis exam. ...Read more

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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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What are the tests for ruptured spleen?

CT and ultrasound: A ruptured spleen can be diagnosed by a ct scan or ultrasound. ...Read more

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What can cause a ruptured spleen?

Trauma: An accident such as a serious fall, car accident, knife or gun shot injury, or being struck very hard in the abdomen can cause ruptured spleen. Rare situations of minor injury in a person with an already enlarged or diseased spleen could result in splenic damage too. ...Read more

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I had mono and the doctors said I have a ruptured spleen. What is the best way to treat it?

Non operative/ surgi: Up to 90% of ruptured spleen can be manger nonoperatively. In certain situation were persistent bleeding or risk of future recurrent bleeding, a surgical splenectomy will be advised/ inevitable. ...Read more

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How is a ruptured spleen treated?

How is a ruptured spleen treated?

Depends on severity: The spleen is a very vascular organ and, though well protected by the rib cage, is susceptible to blunt trauma. Minor injuries may usually be managed by "watchful waiting", but rupture can lead to life-threatening bleeding. In the past, this meant splenectomy. Nowadays, we can often stop the bleeding nonsurgically by internally closing off the bleeding vessels via interventional radiology. ...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

Rupture (Definition)

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