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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

Dr. Barbara Lavi
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Ruptured Spleen (Definition)

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 ...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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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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Rupture (Definition)

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