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Three Ways to Diagnose a Ruptured Spleen After a Car Crash

Do you feel pain in your stomach? Have you recently been involved in an auto accident?

If you answer YES to both questions, it is very possible that you have sustained an internal injury. Internal injuries can be very severe and, in some instances, may cause long-term hospital stays and even death.

Saying you have suffered an internal injury is a broad statement that can include many different injuries. Some are rare and others are more commonly sustained. One of the more common internal injuries sustained in a car crash is a ruptured spleen.

A ruptured spleen is a serious injury and requires immediate medical treatment. It most commonly requires surgery to repair.

A doctor will diagnose a ruptured spleen using one or more of the following tests:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scan. The most efficient, commonly used, and effective method to diagnose a ruptured spleen is to use a CT scan. A CT scan uses a contrast agent to help the doctor determine the amount of bleeding from the spleen. In emergency situations, the CT scan is performed without contrast.
     
  • Focused abdominal sonographic technique. This method, also known as FAST, uses an ultrasound to look for fluid that may be building up in the abdominal area. This is typically used in patients who are unstable.
     
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). An MRI of the abdomen can be used to diagnose a ruptured spleen. This is a good option for those who are dealing with kidney failure or who have severe allergies to the contrast used in a CT scan.
     

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Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham
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