The spleen is an organ in the upper left side of your belly. It filters old and damaged blood cells from your blood. It also helps your immune system by removing some types of bacteria from your bloodstream.
A spleen injury can cause bleeding inside your body. Bruising and cuts on the spleen can cause swelling and pain in the upper left part of the chest or shoulder.
Treatment depends on how severe the injury is. Your spleen was not injured badly enough to need to be removed with surgery. Your treatment includes careful observation in the hospital to watch for bleeding. It might also include a procedure to block some blood flow to parts of your spleen. This helps control bleeding while your spleen heals.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems may develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: August 9, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth Bark, MD - General Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery
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