How to Say It: Spleh-nik rup-chur
A splenic rupture is a tear or split in the spleen. The spleen is an organ that helps filter the blood. It also makes white blood cells that make proteins to fight infection. This problem can lead to bleeding inside the body
Trauma is a common cause of a splenic rupture. Spleen tissue may also be harmed if there is abnormal tissue growth or infection.
Things that may raise the risk of this problem are:
Problems may be:
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. A physical exam will be done.
Pictures may need to be taken. This can be done with:
Treatment will depend on how badly the spleen has ruptured. The goal is to keep all or part of the spleen. Options are:
There are no known guidelines to prevent this health problem.
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Trauma Association of America
Trauma Association of Canada
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Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD Last Updated: 5/4/2021