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Doctor insights on: Signs And Symptoms Of A Ruptured Spleen

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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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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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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 is a ruptured spleen treated?

How is a ruptured spleen treated?

Depends: If the injury is minor, observation in the hospital for a few days is all that is required. If the injury is major, surgery will be needed to remove the spleen and control any internal bleeding. A CT scan is the best way to know how serious the injury is. ...Read more

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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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Can a ruptured spleen hurt my health?

Sure: A ruptured spleen can be fatal depending on the extent of the injury. Imho that is the worst thing it can do to you. However, even removing the spleen (and saving your life) can lead to overwhelming infections. Most of us try nonoperative therapy first followed by surgery if this fails. Most of the time a repair can be done, but sometimes it must be removed. ...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 are the tests for ruptured spleen?

Several: A blood test to check for anemia (low red blood cells) might be done, the best test is a CT scan which is very good at showing an injury to the spleen. Rarely a small surgical procedure to check for blood in the abdomen might be done (DPL test) ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a ruptured spleen?

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 more

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How long it takes to heal a ruptured spleen?

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 more

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How long can you live with a ruptured spleen?

How long can you live with a ruptured spleen?

Internal bleeding: A ruptured spleen can have a variable degree of injury. The spleen damage may be minor and heal on its own, or may be a major injury with significant life threatening internal bleeding that needs emergency surgery to remove the spleen. ...Read more

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How long can you survive with a ruptured spleen?

How long can you survive with a ruptured spleen?

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 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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How long does it take to heal a ruptured spleen?

How long does it take to heal a ruptured spleen?

At least 3 months: We recommend to maintain precautions for at least three months, and in high risk patients (like someone playing contact sports) to obtain a repeat scan before being cleared to resume the risky activity. ...Read more

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How long will someone live from a ruptured spleen?

Life: Potentially a full life if bleeding is effectively controlled. Not having a spleen is very unlikely to change one's life span. ...Read more

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How would I know if I had a ruptured spleen or tear?

How would I know if I had a ruptured spleen or tear?

Spleen rupture: This is emergency if rupture. Some symptoms are; abdominal pain, pain in left shoulder, heart racing, low blood pressure. ...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?

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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How long can you go without treating a ruptured spleen?

Depends: Splenic injuries are graded for severity. Less severe injuries may be treated non-operatively. More severe injuries may require emergency surgery. ...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 are that can be associated with a ruptured spleen?

Bleeding and pain: Ruptured or fractured spleen is usually from an accident, trauma, or injury. It can cause internal bleeding and left upper abdominal pain. Lab tests and likely a ct scan will make the diagnosis. Some lesser splenic injuries will heal on their own, and a major spleen injury would need surgery to remove the spleen. ...Read more

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What is the normal recovery time for a ruptured spleen?

What is the normal recovery time for a ruptured spleen?

Depends on cause: Fist two aspects to recovery: 1) trauma with associated injuries 2) solely spleen issue

trauma = more time

second two aspects: 1) minimally invasive surgery 2) large incision

large incision = more time

simple case is a few days
complicated case can be several weeks

if no surgery to remove the spleen then may be several months until activity is real ease to normal. ...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?

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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What would happen to a person if they had a ruptured spleen?

What would happen to a person if they had a ruptured spleen?

Pain AND BLEEDING: Left upper quadrant and left shoulder pain probably present, due to bleeding. It depends on the extent of injury whether surgery is needed. Bedrest and observation under medical care necessary until stable. Unstable or continuous bleeding requires surgery and removal of spleen. After splenectomy, then vaccines for some bacteria would be necessary. ...Read more

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