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How easy is it to get a ruptured spleen? Is it dangerous?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: Splenic Trauma

The spleen is a relatively fragile organ but it is tucked away & protected by the left lower rib cage in the abdominal cavity.
It takes a pretty strong force to rupture a normal spleen, typically due the ribs breaking in that area (car crash, bad fall). The spleen is very well-vascularized--if the trauma is significant, life-threatening bleeding can occur, requiring emergency rx.

In brief: Splenic Trauma

The spleen is a relatively fragile organ but it is tucked away & protected by the left lower rib cage in the abdominal cavity.
It takes a pretty strong force to rupture a normal spleen, typically due the ribs breaking in that area (car crash, bad fall). The spleen is very well-vascularized--if the trauma is significant, life-threatening bleeding can occur, requiring emergency rx.
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