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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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Rupture (Definition)

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