What does an injured spleen feel like?

The main symptom of a ruptured spleen is severe pain in the abdomen, especially on the left side. The pain may also be referred to (felt in) the left shoulder, and can make breathing painful. Other symptoms, which are associated with a decrease in blood pressure due to internal bleeding, include: Feeling lightheaded.

How long does it take to recover from a ruptured spleen?

Generally, recovery from a ruptured spleen can take anywhere from 3 to 12 weeks, depending on the severity and treatment.

Can a ruptured spleen cause death?

Deaths caused by splenic rupture are possible and do still occur, even at the top trauma centers. You can live without a spleen. However, since the spleen plays a crucial role in the body’s ability to fight certain bacteria, living without the organ puts you at higher risk for life-threatening infections.

How do you treat a ruptured spleen?

Treatment for a ruptured spleen will depend on the severity of your condition. Some people require immediate surgery. Others heal with rest and time….Surgery for a ruptured spleen can include:

  1. Repairing the spleen.
  2. Removing the spleen (splenectomy).
  3. Removing part of the spleen.

What is the immediate danger of spleen rupture?

A ruptured spleen can cause life-threatening bleeding into your abdominal cavity.

What are the side effects of having your spleen removed?

Other complications related to splenectomy include:

  • Blood clot in the vein that carries blood to the liver.
  • Hernia at the incision site.
  • Infection at the incision site.
  • Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • Lung collapse.
  • Injury to the pancreas, stomach, and colon.

What are the chances of surviving a ruptured spleen?

The degree of splenic injury poorly correlates with the traumatic mechanism and the hemoperitoneum volume. The chances of the immediate death is considerably low (OR 0.09; 95% CI 0.0096-0.84; p<0.017).

What are the signs of a ruptured spleen?

Signs and symptoms of a ruptured spleen include:

  • Pain in the upper left abdomen.
  • Tenderness when you touch the upper left abdomen.
  • Left shoulder pain.
  • Confusion, lightheadedness or dizziness.

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What is the location of the spleen in the stomach?

Exacerbated by large meals as a result of a distended stomach The spleen lies at the level of the 9th to 11th ribs which means that it is tucked under the left ribcage. It is located just posterior (behind) the mid-axillary line (refer to picture below) lying in close proximity to the posterolateral abdominal wall.

How far below the costal margin can the spleen be palpable?

In massive splenomegaly, the spleen may be palpable up to 8 centimeters (about 3 inches) below the costal margin and extends medially towards the umbilicus (belly button). Pain on the side of the left upper quadrant of the abdomen should not be immediately attributed to the spleen.

What is the normal shape of the spleen?

The spleen varies in size and shape between people, but it’s commonly fist-shaped, purple, and about 4 inches long. Because the spleen is protected by the rib cage, you can’t easily feel it unless it’s abnormally enlarged.