Non-penetrating Injuries To The Kidneys, Ureters, Or Bladder
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
- Non-penetrating injuries are also called blunt injuries. Blunt injuries are those that result from a direct blow to the abdomen or lower back area without an open wound. Blunt injuries to the kidneys, ureters, or bladder may include a tear, cut, or bruise to the organ. These injuries may lead to internal bleeding due to the organ rupturing (bursting) or blood vessel problems. The kidneys are located on each side of the spine (backbone) in the back of your abdomen. The ureters are tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder. The bladder is a hollow, round organ that holds urine.
- You may have abdominal pain, bloody urine, and your abdomen may be hard and tender. There may be bruising, swelling, or scratches over the injured area. A complete check-up of your body, including your skin, chest, back, and abdomen, may help diagnose blunt injuries. Imaging tests, such as x-rays, ultrasound, and a computerized tomography (CT) scan, may be done. Treatment will depend on your symptoms, condition, and how severe your injuries are. Sometimes, watchful waiting may be all that is needed for mild injuries. You may have surgery or other procedures to treat bleeding or more severe organ injuries. With treatment, such as surgery, your kidneys, ureters, or bladder may heal over time, and serious problems may be prevented.
Take your medicine as directed.
Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Ask for information about where and when to go for follow-up visits:
For continuing care, treatments, or home services, ask for more information.
Rest when you feel it is needed. Slowly start to do more each day. Return to your daily activities as directed.
CONTACT A CAREGIVER IF:
- You have a fever.
- Your skin becomes itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
- You have chest pain or trouble breathing that is getting worse over time.
- You have any questions or concerns about your condition, treatment, or care.
SEEK CARE IMMEDIATELY IF:
- You have pain in your abdomen or it feels more full, tender, or harder than normal.
- You feel dizzy all of a sudden or have vomiting.
- You have trouble urinating, have blood in your urine, or your urine turns pink or red.
- You have a fast heartbeat.
- You suddenly feel lightheaded and have trouble breathing.
- You have new and sudden chest pain. You may have more pain when you take deep breaths or cough. You may cough up blood.
- Your arm or leg feels warm, tender, and painful. It may look swollen and red.
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