What happens when a spleen ruptures?

When you rupture your spleen, the capsule-like covering breaks open allowing blood to flow into your abdominal area. If it’s a large rupture, there can be major internal bleeding. This emergency medical condition is often a result of car accidents.  

What You Need to Know About a Ruptured Spleen

A ruptured spleen is painful and life-threatening if not treated. Doctors typically remove spleens when they are severely damaged; however, a doctor may be able to treat the spleen if minimal trauma exists. Here, we discuss the details of this small and important organ and what you need to know if it ruptures.

  • Spleen ABCs. The spleen is a small organ located on the left side of the abdomen under the rib cage. It contains special white blood cells that destroy bacteria and help your body fight infection, and it also makes red blood cells. Additionally, the spleen helps to filter old and damaged blood cells from your body.
  • The splenic defense system. The spleen is encapsulated in tissue, except where arteries and veins enter the organ. The tissue’s purpose is to protect the organ from injury.
  • When a rupture occurs. A ruptured spleen occurs when the tissue experiences a tear, which causes blood to pour out into the abdomen. Doctors may be able to repair small tears, but larger tears are not easily fixed, and spleen removal surgeries are often required.

Ruptured Spleens Are Dangerous and Costly

Because car accidents are a main cause of ruptured spleens, you may have suffered this life-threatening injury because of someone else’s negligence. Moreover, you may be entitled to receive compensation that can help pay for vehicle repairs, medical bills, and time lost from work. The legal team of Johnson and Gilbert wants to help you get the money you deserve. Contact us today at 800.556.8890 to learn how.