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What is the difference between a splenic rupture and laceration?

What is the difference between a splenic rupture and laceration?

None: They both really mean the same thing. Since most splenic injuries are a result of blunt trauma we refer to them as having burst or ruptured. You can get a laceration implying a cut from penetration trauma or a surgical misadventure. But for the vast majority of people the spleen gets a blunt force injury causing it to burst and get " lacerated". ...Read more

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What's the difference between a spleen rupture and a spleen laceration?

What's the difference between a spleen rupture and a spleen laceration?

Different extent: They are all part of the continuum of splenic injury. A laceration is an injury to just part of the spleen, rupture is a more extensive injury. Most splenic injuries these days are managed without an operation. However if there is significant bleeding from it, it may require removal or repair of the spleen. ...Read more

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What's the best way to tell the difference between an intercostal tear/sprain and a minor spleen rupture?

What's the best way to tell the difference between an intercostal tear/sprain and a minor spleen rupture?

Need to see a doctor: For a more detailed history, physical exam and possible testing, Do not try to self diagnose. ...Read more

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Is there any link in bulimia or binge eating and a spleen laceration?

Is there any link in bulimia or binge eating and a spleen laceration?

Perhaps: So much strain on the body during the vomiting sessions. You need to get help and work on modification techniques ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol 2 1/2 weeks after a grade 3 spleen laceration? I don't take the pain medication anymore and am not hurting

Is it okay to drink alcohol 2 1/2 weeks after a grade 3 spleen laceration? I don't take the pain medication anymore and am not hurting

Probably OK: Most patients who are going to have trouble with splenic injury do so within the first 4 days. Virtually everyone else heals up just fine. Don't get drunk and fall down as your spleen feels fine but is not completely healed. ...Read more

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What is the mortality rate for splenic rupture due to trauma?

What is the mortality rate for splenic rupture due to trauma?

Depends: The grade of injury, mechanism of injury, associated injury (i.e. Chest, liver, etc, as commonly occurs with mvc...) all figure into the overall mortality rate. Many surgeons are good at addressing splenic injury but isolated splenic injury is uncommon. ...Read more

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How common is splenic rupture with sepsis?

How common is splenic rupture with sepsis?

Very rare: It happens, but it is rare enough that it usually gets reported in the medical literature when it does. Splenic rupture with mononucleosis is more common. ...Read more

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If my spleen ruptures how long will I live?

If my spleen ruptures how long will I live?

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 more

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If u push on your spleen can u make it rupture?

If u push on your spleen can u make it rupture?

Ruptured spleen: It would have to be a lot of force put on your spleen for it to rupture. With enough force, a blow to your abdomen during a sporting injury, a fistfight, or a car accident might lead to a ruptured spleen, which could cause life-threatening internal bleeding. ...Read more

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What's the greatest danger of a splenic rupture?

What's the greatest danger of a splenic rupture?

Hemorrhage, aka...: ...Bleeding. The spleen is a very vascular organ; when injured, life -threatening bleeding may occur. If unstable, the bleeding must be stopped asap, typically surgically or via interventional radiology. If the bleeding is not uncontrollable, careful close observation is the preferred rx approach. ...Read more

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Help doctors! What're your chances of living when your spleen ruptures?

Help doctors! What're your chances of living when your spleen ruptures?

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

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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?

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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