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.
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.

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Is a ruptured spleen life-threatening?

Yes. It requires immediate medical attention. Read more...
It can be. Ruptured spleens have different grades. And depending on your condition needs to be watched in the hospital, or have surgery. Read more...

What is a ruptured spleen treatment?

Variable. The answer depends on the severity of the injury. Minor injury to the spleen can sometimes be managed without surgery by monitoring the patient for on-going bleeding, and operating only if bleeding persists. More severe injury to the spleen, or if it is associated with other injuries, is usually managed by removing the spleen surgically. 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 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...