What Is A Blunt Splenic Trauma Ruptured Spleen Injury?
The spleen is an abdominal organ located in the upper far left part of the abdomen, left of the stomach. About the size of a fist, the spleen is protected by the rib cage. The spleen is ruptured more than any other organ in the abdomen despite being protected by surrounding bones People are unable to feel the spleen unless it’s abnormally enlarged or injured due to blunt trauma.
The spleen has three functions. First, it acts as a filter for blood as part of the immune system. Next, it recycles old red blood cells. Lastly it stores platelets and white blood cells for use when fighting bacteria like pneumonia or meningitis.
What Causes A Blunt Splenic Trauma Ruptured Spleen Injury?
The spleen is a very soft and vascular (made up of blood vessels) organ about the size of a human fist. It weighs approximately 5.3 ounces and is typically 4.3 inches in length. The spleen carries blood from the heart to the liver. The spleen filters and purifies blood by removing dead and dying red blood cells. It also plays a critical role in aiding the immune system by creating white blood cells to fight diseases and bacteria. The spleen can also store up to a cup of blood in reserve which it can release into the system in times of emergencies. Spleen injuries occur when there is a significant impact to the spleen from some outside source, like an automobile crash, damaging or rupturing the spleen. A ruptured spleen is a life-threatening emergency. It can cause serious internal bleeding or hemorrhaging. The rupture can occur immediately after an injury, or in the days or weeks after an injury.
What Are The Symptoms Of A Blunt Splenic Trauma Ruptured Spleen Injury?
A hemorrhage is the primary symptom people exhibit when their spleen ruptures. Additionally, shock, abdominal pain, hematoma, and distention also occur.
How Is A Blunt Splenic Trauma Ruptured Spleen Injury Diagnosed?
Medical doctors conduct a physical examination and order imaging studies to determine the extent of injury and treatment options. The imaging studies include a CT scan, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and a liver and spleen scan.
How Is A Blunt Splenic Trauma Ruptured Spleen Injury Treated?
Treatments for spleen conditions focus on the underlying condition, not the spleen itself. If the spleen is impacted removal is necessary. A splenectomy, or the removal of a spleen, followed by vaccinations against certain bacteria, like h. influenza and s. pneumonia go hand in hand. Vulnerability to infections increases once the spleen is removed.
Compensation For A Blunt Splenic Trauma Ruptured Spleen Injury
If you have experienced a spleen injury or have been diagnosed with a blunt splenic trauma ruptured spleen injury after a traumatic incident or a car crash, you may have injured your spleen. Make sure you are examined and diagnosed by a medical doctor immediately. You may be able to pursue compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, permanent injury or disability, costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, diminished earning capacity, mental anguish and emotional distress, punitive damages, and/or property damage or loss.
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