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Bruised Liver


 What is a bruised liver?
 What is the cause?
 What are the symptoms?
 How is it diagnosed?
 How is it treated?
 How can I take care of myself?
 How can I help prevent a bruised liver?

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What is a bruised liver?

A bruised liver is a type of injury to the liver.

The liver is one of the largest organs and a very important part of your body. Some of the functions of the liver include:

What is the cause?

Car accidents are the most common cause of a bruised liver. It can also happen with other injuries, such as getting hit in the belly playing sports or in a fight, or if you fall onto your bicycle handlebars.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms depend on how your liver was injured and how severe the injury is. A common symptom is pain and tenderness in the upper right area of your belly, including under your ribs on the right side.

How is it diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask about your symptoms, medical history, how you were injured, and examine you.

You may have tests such as:

How is it treated?

If the physical exam and tests show no injuries other than a bruise, the treatment is rest and follow-up with your healthcare provider. You may have blood tests daily for a few days to check for blood loss. The CT scan or ultrasound may be repeated to check for new signs of liver injury or internal bleeding.

Recovery depends on how severe the injury was. For example, if the injury resulted from a simple fall onto a bicycle handle at low speed, it may only be a matter of days until the soreness is gone and liver tests are back to normal. If the injury happened in a bad motor vehicle accident, it may take days to weeks before liver tests are normal.

How can I take care of myself?

Follow the full course of treatment prescribed by your healthcare provider. In addition:

Ask your provider:

Make sure you know when you should come back for a checkup. Keep all appointments for provider visits or tests.

How can I help prevent a bruised liver?

Car accidents are the main cause, so wearing your seat belt can help decrease the risk.

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References

Liver Trauma Imaging. (2013). Emedicine. Accessed 9/2014 from http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/370508-overview.

Yong, W., et al. Radiographics. CT in Blunt Liver Trauma. 2005 RadioGraphics, 25, 87-104. Accessed 9/24/2012 from http://radiographics.rsna.info/content/25/1/87.full.

WebMD. Emedicine. Liver, trauma. Aug. 25, 2009. Accessed 10/27/2010 from http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/370508-overview.


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