Injury to the spleen, causing it to rupture. Bleeding of a ruptured spleen can be fatal. The spleen is vulnerable to injury, particularly if it is enlarged due to any underlying disorder (infectious mononucleosis is the most common). Spleen injuries are infrequent in athletes but, when they do occur, they can be disastrous.
Body Parts Involved
Direct injury to the left upper abdomen or left side of the chest.
Signs & Symptoms
Note:- Follow your doctor's instructions. These instructions are supplemental.
Cover the victim with a blanket to hock, and take to the nearest emergency facility. Do not give water, food or pain relievers.
No specific instructions except those under other headings. If surgery is required, your surgeon will supply postoperative instructions.
Pain relievers. Don't take prescription pain medication longer than 4 to 7 days. Use only as much as you need.
Antibiotics to fight infection. Pneumonia vaccinations.
Stool softeners to prevent constipation.
Non-prescription drugs such as acetaminophen for minor pain.
Avoid cause and risk factors when possible. Don't return to athletic activities until a spleen enlarged by disease has returned to normal.
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