How is a ruptured spleen treated?

Treatment of this condition depends on the severity of the injury. In the most extreme cases, in which a large amount of blood has been lost and the patient is critically ill, emergeny surgery to remove the spleen (splenectomy) is necessary.

If the injury to the spleen is not severe, then less invasive measures can be taken. This approach involves admitting the patient to the hospital and closely observing him or her. Vital signs and blood counts are also closely monitored, and a CT scan may be performed for further evaluation. Most of these patients will not need to have their spleen removed.

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