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Doctor insights on: Causes Of A Ruptured Spleen

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I know if something happened to my spleen while being enlarged, it could burst and i'll bleed to death?

I know if something happened to my spleen while being enlarged, it could burst and i'll bleed to death?

Possible but rare: An enlarged (or even normal) spleen may rupture due to direct trauma. In very rare circumstances a diseased spleen may rupture without significant trauma. Getting treated for the cause of the splenic enlargement should help to reduce the risk of this rare complication.

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How can I avoid bursting my spleen?

Avoid trauma: Severe trauma from a car accident can cause your spleen to rupture. If your spleen is enlarged then you should refrain from contact sports or the like.

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How can you know if your spleen has burst?

How can you know if your spleen has burst?

You'll know: It will hurt. It will be worse than any normal pain you've ever felt in your abdomen. You'll probably feel sick all over.

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Why is the spleen so much more likely to burst than the other organs?

Splenic rupture: The spleen is normally fist sized but it can swell to several times that size, unlike other organs which typically do not swell to this degree. The spleen acts as a filter, swelling is a normal response to certain disease states. The capsule or encasement of the spleen becomes very fragile in its swollen state, picture an over inflated water balloon. A sudden impact may cause rupture.

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If I have mono and my spleen is enlarged will it burst if I have sex?

If I have mono and my spleen is enlarged will it burst if I have sex?

Depends: Certain positions may produce pressure on the area of the spleen and if greatly enlarged and inflamed this can create a risk, although very very tiny. Just be very careful not to place pressure on the left side of the abdomen.

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Could it happen that a diabetic live without a spleen?

Could it happen that a diabetic live without a spleen?

Yes: Yes, he/she can live without a spleen. The spleen technically has nothing to do with diabetes and the body's ability (or, rather, inability) to produce insulin. However, since the spleen is heavily involved in the immune system, and diabetics are generally more prone to infections, a diabetic without a spleen would be even more prone to infection than one with a spleen.

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What happens if your spleen is removed in terms of immunology?

What happens if your spleen is removed in terms of immunology?

Vaccines: It depends on your age. At minimum you will likely need yearly vaccines against meningitis and pneumonia. Otherwise your immune system should handle other diseases.

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What could happen if your spleen is ruptured?

What could happen if your spleen is ruptured?

You have internal: Bleeding and you will need to be admitted to the hospital. You blood counts need to be followed and you need to be seen by a general surgeon to address it.

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If a bruised spleen is not treated, what happens?

If a bruised spleen is not treated, what happens?

How do you feel?: If the capsule isn't ruptured and you feel okay, it heals completely. Just as good as new.

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Supposing spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed. What would happen to it?

Supposing spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed. What would happen to it?

Becomes fibrosed: And loses its function, the patient is considered without a spleen (asplenic) and should be managed as such, that happens to some patients with sickle cell anemia and other conditions, due to multiple infarctions they get "auto-splenectomy", asplenic patients should receive certain vaccines, be careful when they have an infection and call their doctor or start antibiotics till seeing their doctor

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What happens if spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed what happens to it?

What happens if spleen is damaged beyond repair but not removed what happens to it?

It Involutes: A damaged or dysfunctional spleen can gradually be resorbed by the body. This process is called involution. Sometimes a small remnant of the spleen will remain but it is not large enough or has enough blood flow to perform its job.

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What happens if a person has there spleen out are they cured of idopathic thrombopeniapurpia?

What happens if a person has there spleen out are they cured of idopathic thrombopeniapurpia?

Often: Splenectomy can often improve ITP, but there are always exceptions. You should also realize that once your spleen is removed, your body will have a more difficult time fighting bacterial infections caused by encapsulated bacteria like streptococcus pneumoniae. As with any surgery, you should carefully discuss all options with your doctor. Once your spleen is removed they can't put it back.

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What happens if a spleen is damaged the extent you have to be on penicillin for the rest of your life, what happens to it?

What happens if a spleen is damaged the extent you have to be on penicillin for the rest of your life, what happens to it?

It Involutes: A damaged or dysfunctional spleen can gradually be resorbed by the body. This process is called involution. Sometimes a small remnant of the spleen will remain but it is not large enough or has enough blood flow to perform its job.

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If a spleen is damaged the extent you have to be on penicillin for the rest of your life, what has actually happened to it?

If a spleen is damaged the extent you have to be on penicillin for the rest of your life, what has actually happened to it?

Loss of function: If your doctors are concerned enough to put you on life long antibiotics because of splenic dysfunction, then something relatively catastrophic happened to it. Was it splenic rupture (injury), infarction (blood clot), surgery or other cause the doc might have talked about? The spleen is very important for fighting infection -and is effectively a 'trap' for bacteria that might be circulating.

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I have two spleens, is this a problem?

Not usually: Accessory spleens are well documented in the medical literature; they are usually of no consequence.

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How big is the spleen?

How big is the spleen?

For Adults: It could be 12 cm (females) or 13 cm (males) or less for normal size of spleen.

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Why is the spleen brown?

Rather purple: By virtue of its function, it mainly recycles red blood cells, stores other blood cellular elements, as white blood cells and platelets, and has a function in the immune system. The liver is brown though