Also known as: rupture spleen, bruised spleen, splenic injury.
What are spleen injuries?
The spleen is an important body part located under the rib cage that filters blood and helps the body fight infection. When the spleen gets injured, it can cause problems. In the case of a ruptured spleen it’s a medical emergency.
What causes spleen injuries?
Many spleen injuries come from a direct impact the spleen via a car accident or sports injury. An enlarged spleen due to infections or other medical conditions can also become injured.
What are the symptoms of spleen injuries?
Abdominal pain, tenderness, confusion, lightheadedness and dizziness are all possible symptoms of spleen injuries. The pain may also radiate up to the left shoulder in some instances.
What are spleen injury care options?
Mild spleen injuries will heal on their own. People with these injuries often need to rest or take it easy for a few days. A ruptured spleen will require surgery to either repair the spleen or remove part or all of it.
Reviewed by: Jose R. Rosa-Olivares
This page was last updated on: 10/29/2018 11:50:48 AM
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Here is a list of some conditions for which you may want to seek treatment in an urgent care setting:
- Minor allergies
- Minor asthma attacks
- Minor burns
- Bruises, cuts, wounds and lacerations (including stitches)
- Colds and coughs
- Minor dog/animal bites
- Earaches and ear infections
- Fever in children older than 2 months
- Flu and sore throat (strep detection by DNA test available)
- Mild stomach pain
- Minor head injuries (without loss of consciousness)
- Mononucleosis (often called “mono”)
- Muscle strain injuries
- Pink eye
- Sprains and fractures (splinting)
- Urinary tract infections
- Vomiting, diarrhea and mild dehydration