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What Could Happen If Your Spleen Is Ruptured
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually: Any internal bleeding within the abdominal cavity tends to irritate the lining of the cavity, simulating peritonitis, and causing significant pain. On rare occasion, a "contained rupture" of the spleen may occur which is not painful, only to "open up" days top weeks later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, with trauma: Trauma to the left upper portion of your abdomen or the lower portion of your left ribcage can result in a splenic injury, either a laceration or contusion/hematoma of the spleen. The main worry with a splenic injury is bleeding. A hemodynamically stable patient with such an injury may be put at bedrest and followed closely. Others go to the OR for repair or removal of the spleen. ...Read more
Pain: I would believe most cases of splenic ruptures would be trauma such as a car accident or participating in contact sport as football. There are medical conditions that cause enlargement of the spleen and could possible cause a rupture. Pain would be the most common symptom. The pain most likely would be in the abdomen but pain can be referred to other areas such as the back, chest, or pelvis ...Read more
Usually: A ruptured spleen will usually cause internal bleeding within the abdominal cavity, which is quite painful and hard to miss. On occasion, there may be a contained rupture that does not cause immediate symptoms; this would be seen by ct scan even in the absence of symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Uncommon: The medical literature suggests that splenic rupture occurs in about 2% (2 out of 100) of malaria cases. This occurs more often during the early phases of the malaria attack and is more common in malaria strains found in turkey. The most common symptom is pain the the left upper abdomen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your chances are ...: Good. Surgeons frequently see splenic injuries (ruptures) from blunt abdominal trauma. Patients who are hemodyamically stable and not actively bleeding can often be treated nonoperatively, and the spleen scars back together. Unstable, actively bleeding patients undergo operation to repair or remove the spleen. In developed countries, it is rare to die of a splenic injury these days. ...Read more
Go to hospital: You should go to the hospital immediately. The spleen is very vascular and if it ruptures, the abdominal cavity can fill with blood very quickly leading to a rapid drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and possibly death. After being evaluated by the emergency physician and possibly having surgery, a few vaccines may be necessary to prevent some infections. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a splenic cyst that measures 4.4 cm. would exercise put me at any risk for a rupture of the spleen?
Depends: If you have a ruptured spleen and get to hospital on time to be treated you will have a normal life; however, if splenectomy is performed, you will need to be vaccinated against encapsulated bacteria because you will be very susceptible to develop infections from such bacteria once you have no spleen. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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