The spleen is an organ that helps filter the blood. It also makes white blood cells that make proteins to fight infection. A splenic rupture is a tear or split that can lead to bleeding inside the body.
Talk with your doctor about the best plan for you. This will be based on how badly your spleen has ruptured. The goal is to keep all or part of the spleen. You may have:
Some injuries may heal on their own with rest. Close monitoring in the hospital will most likely be needed. Blood transfusions may also be needed.
Surgery may be needed if the spleen is very damaged. When possible the spleen will be repaired. If not, a part or all of the spleen may need to be removed. As much of the tissue will be spared as possible because the spleen helps protect the body against bacterial infections. Removing the spleen should be avoided in children and the elderly, since they have weaker immune systems.
Splenic injury. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/injuries-poisoning/abdominal-trauma/splenic-injury. Updated January 2018. Accessed July 17, 2018.
Splenic injury. University of Connecticut website. Available at: http://ksi.uconn.edu/emergency-conditions/internal-trauma/splenic-injury. Accessed July 17, 2018.
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