How do doctors diagnose a ruptured spleen?

CAT Scan. Rupture of the spleen most commonly occurs after blunt abdominal trauma such as a car crash. Most ers will perform a ct of the abdomen when there is suspicion of abdominal trauma; these scans are very effective in the dx. If a patient is too unstable for a ct scan, an ultrasound may be performed at bedside leading to this diagnosis, yet this test is less specific for diagnosing splenic injury.
Exams. Usually a history of trauma fell off bike, etc or a history of enlarged spleen mono/ leukemia etc suspicion and testing ultrasound may show abdominal fluid ct computed tomography will show it. Sometimes in acute trauma it is found at open abdominal exploration.

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How would a doctor fix a ruptured spleen?

Removal. A rupture spleen requires urgent/emergency removal of the organ. Read more...
It depends....... If the patient is hemodynamically stable, we will watch them for signs of bleeding. If they remain stable, non-operative therapy is preferred. If they are unstable, we either take out the spleen (really unstable) or embolize the spleen (transiently stable) with gel-foam or coils and our radiology colleagues. Read more...

I had mono and the doctors said I have a ruptured spleen. What is the best way to treat it?

Non operative/ surgi. Up to 90% of ruptured spleen can be manger nonoperatively. In certain situation were persistent bleeding or risk of future recurrent bleeding, a surgical splenectomy will be advised/ inevitable. 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...

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 does one feel if one has a ruptured spleen?

Splenic injury. Splenic rupture is rupture of the spleen capsule. The spleen is located in the left upper abdominal area. The symptoms can range from left upper abdominal pain to shoulder pain and pleuritic chest pain. In advanced situations tachycardia and hypotension will develop as signs of shock. I hope this is of help. Read more...

How would I know if I had a ruptured spleen or tear?

CT of Abdomen. Splenic 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. It is not uncommon to have broken ribs associated w/the same trauma causing splenic injury; this pain would be@rib cage. Read more...

Where should I seek help if I have a ruptured spleen?

ER. Any trauma involving fractures of left lower ribs with abdominal pain/swelling and dizziness = splenic injury till proven otherwise. Not a condition to wait till you are certain. Read more...