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)

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How is a ruptured spleen treated?

Depends on severity. 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...
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...

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...

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...

What do they do for a ruptured spleen?

Splenectomy. The spleen is removed as it will have a tendency to blew profusely. The spleen is a highly vascular organ, and when it is damaged it tends to cause massive bleeding that is in need to be stopped asap. Read more...
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...

What are symptoms of a ruptured spleen?

Abdominal Pain. The spleen is a very vascular organ. Significant trauma may cause internal bleeding within the abdominal cavity. Blood is an irritant to the lining of the abdomen, causing pain wherever the blood may be. While the spleen resides behind the rib cage in the left upper abdomen, the pain can occur wherever the blood goes. If severe, the anemia can cause a rapid heart rate and/or lightheadedness. Read more...

How long it takes to heal a ruptured spleen?

Perhaps 6-12 months. Most ruptured spleens are due to trauma, in which case most of the time they are surgically removed. You can live without a spleen, though it does have some impact of immune function. Iron storage (also done in bone marrow and liver), and old red blood cell destruction (life of an RBC is 100 days). Must avoid any contact sports or further trauma to that area (left upper quadrant of abdomen). Read more...
6 weeks. In general we tell folks who have ruptured spleens to avoid contact to that area of the belly and stay near a surgical hospital for about 6 weeks. This seems to be about the right amount of time to greatly reduce the risk of thr spleen rebleeding. Read more...
6 to 8 weeks. 6 to 8weeks should be enough to promote healing. During this time period it is essential that it not be re-injured. Read more...