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Ruptured Spleen From Trauma Survival Rate
A 37 yr old friend died very unexpectedly. He turned out to have guienne barie (sp?). He died suddenly from a ruptured spleen. No trauma. Why?
Guillain-Barre is: An autoimmune polyneuritis seen in younger adults. It occurs after viral diseases such as mononucleosis, herpes but also after le and hodgkin disease. Non traumatic rupture of spleen can happen in diseased spleen usually cancers. The 2 conditions (mono and hodgkin) involve the spleen so this could be the link. Only an autopsy could have shed full light on the tragedy. Very sad...And very rare.... ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Could i mistake a ruptured spleen with an intercostal sprain? The pain is on the left side and back near the "floating" ribs. No blunt trauma at all.
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Medical Care Needed: 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Spleen: The pain most commonly associated with a traumatic splenic rupture is for the most part localized to the left upper quadrant of the abdomen . This localized pain can at times become generalized yielding diffuse abdomen pain. Additionally some patient may experience a phenomenon known as kehr's sign which is left sided diaphragmatic irritation that results in left shoulder pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually : Ruptured spleen causes intra abdominal hemorrhage and shock within a few hours of injury. In some cases, a small tear can cause limited bleeding, which can even stop. The only way to know for sure whether you have a splenic injury or not, or its extent, is to do an imaging study, such as ultrasound or ct scan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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