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Doctor insights on: Ruptured Spleen Repair

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What can cause a ruptured spleen?

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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How dangerous is a ruptured spleen?

How dangerous  is a ruptured spleen?

Potentially...Very: 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 do they do for a ruptured spleen?

What do they do for a ruptured spleen?

How badly ruptured: If you are not actively bleeding or are only minimally bleeding it can be watched and left in place. If bleeding is heavy or uncontrollable it will be removed if you are an adult or if you are a child an attempt to repair the spleen may be undertaken. ...Read more

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How painful is a ruptured spleen feel?

Painful: The spleen lies just under the diaphragm on the left side so when it ruptures the blood gets under the diaphragm causing significant pain with each breath and sometimes into the left shoulder blade area additionaly blood will run down left side causing pain along left side even into pelvis. It is usually very painful. ...Read more

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What does one feel if one has a ruptured spleen?

Splenic injury: Splenic rupture is rupture of the spleen capsule. The spleen is located in the left upper abdominal area. The symptoms can range from left upper abdominal pain to shoulder pain and pleuritic chest pain. In advanced situations tachycardia and hypotension will develop as signs of shock. I hope this is of help. ...Read more

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Where should I seek help if I have a ruptured spleen?

Where should I seek help if I have a ruptured spleen?

ER: Any trauma involving fractures of left lower ribs with abdominal pain/swelling and dizziness = splenic injury till proven otherwise. Not a condition to wait till you are certain. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a ruptured spleen feel like?

Please tell me what does a ruptured spleen feel like?

Symptoms can: Vary, depending on degree of injury and amount of bleeding. In severe cases, one can go into hemorrhagic shock. In mild cases, it could be just left upper quadrant pain with radiation to shoulder. Consult your doctor for specific recommendation in your case. ...Read more

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What does it feel like when you have a ruptured spleen?

What does it feel like when you have a ruptured spleen?

Very bad: Splenic "rupture" or injury is usually a result of direct blunt trauma. It is accompanied by severe pain. Dizziness or light headedness can be experienced, due to internal bleeding. This can be a life-threatening problem and if there is any concern, you should seek immediate medical evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Ruptured spleen?

What is the definition or description of: Ruptured spleen?

Ruptured spleen: Ruptured spleen = disruption of structure of spleen - can be external cause like trauma or internal due to massive enlargement. ...Read more

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Where would do you feel pain if you have a ruptured spleen?

Where would do you feel pain if you have a ruptured spleen?

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 more

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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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Can a ruptured spleen cause sudden death?

Maybe: Ruptured spleen will cause internal bleeding. If the injury is severe and there is no medical treatment available, then it is possible to die from internal bleeding. ...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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How soon after a ruptured spleen can I fly?

It depends: If it was treated with surgery then you are probably OK with flying but ask your surgeon. If your ruptured spleen was managed nonoperatively then it depends on the degree of injury to the spleen but it would be prudent to wait to travel by plane for a few to several weeks after injury. Discuss it with a doctor who has seen your xrays and knows the degree of splenioc injury. ...Read more

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How much time is surgery for a ruptured spleen?

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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How easy is it to get a ruptured spleen? Is it dangerous?

Splenic Trauma: The spleen is a relatively fragile organ but it is tucked away & protected by the left lower rib cage in the abdominal cavity. It takes a pretty strong force to rupture a normal spleen, typically due the ribs breaking in that area (car crash, bad fall). The spleen is very well-vascularized--if the trauma is significant, life-threatening bleeding can occur, requiring emergency rx. ...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

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How should I limit my son's activity after a ruptured spleen?

How should I limit my son's activity after a ruptured spleen?

Be cautious: Follow the hospital discharge instructions which should include avoiding strenuous activities, and definitely no contact sports. If you did not receive any discharge instructions, contact you discharging physician for further instructions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i had a ruptured spleen would i be dead by now?

Well, that depends.: Sometimes a person with a mild break to the spleen surface can heal with rest / conservative tx. While others with more serious rupture may hemorrhage to death quickly without immediate surgery. Anyone w a possible splenic rupture requires prompt medical evaluation. ...Read more

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