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Non-penetrating Injuries To The Pancreas
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 (stomach) without an open wound. Blunt injuries to the pancreas 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 pancreas is an organ behind the stomach that makes enzymes that help you digest food. Injuries to the pancreas often occur along with injuries to other organs in the abdomen.
- Signs and symptoms may include abdominal pain, 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 that take pictures of your abdomen, such as x-rays, ultrasound, and 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 care and treatment, your pancreas may heal over time, and serious problems may be prevented.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
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.
For more information:
Having a blunt injury to the pancreas may be hard. You and those close to you may feel scared, sad, or angry. These are normal feelings. Contact the following for more information:
- American College of Surgeons
633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago , IL 606113211
Phone: 1- 312 - 2025000
Phone: 1- 800 - 6214111
Web Address: http://www.facs.org
CONTACT A CAREGIVER IF:
- You have a fever.
- You have chest pain or trouble breathing that is getting worse over time.
- Your skin becomes itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
- 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 (throwing up).
- 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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