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How do doctors diagnose a ruptured spleen?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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