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If I have mono, can laughing too hard rupture my spleen?

If I have mono, can laughing too hard rupture my spleen?

Generally, no: The spleen may become mildly to grossly enlarged during the course of having mono. In general, your physician will recommend no "rough physical activity" such as football or skiing. A hearty, robust laugh should not be enough to rupture spleen and it may in fact be good for the healing process. Just be aware, don't let the laughter get you too riled up though. ...Read more

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Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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How hard does someone have to get hit to rupture their spleen?

Depends on quality: of the spleen. If its a healthy, then considerable amount of force would be needed, or a rib fractured in that area can puncture it. A fall onto left side causes the left elbow hitting the splenic region is a known way of splenic rupture. If the spleen is diseased (weakened) from any cause, then a minor trauma can certainly rupture it. ...Read more

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Will i know if i ruptured my spleen?

Splenic rupture: You would certainly know there is a serious problem in your abdomen. Splenic rupture is an emergency, often associated with abdominal trauma such as a car accident. Your spleen can bleed profusely if it ruptures and you can lose a lot of blood quickly. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i've ruptured my spleen?

Abdominal pain: Abdominal pain would be severe. Anemia can show up on a blood test. The capsule surrounding the spleen maybe torn and some symptoms and even blood tests may not reveal a classic full blown picture. Get checked if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of a spleen rupture?

Bleeding: The most serious problem is bleeding that can be lifethreatening. This may lead to surgery to remove the spleen or repair it. ...Read more

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Would I be able to tell if my spleen had ruptured?

Would I be able to tell if my spleen had ruptured?

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 more

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What are the first things I should do if I know someone's spleen has ruptured?

What are the first things I should do if I know someone's spleen has ruptured?

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 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?

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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Rupture (Definition)

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