Internal injuries, especially those
involving the liver, spleen, stomach, colon, pancreas and blood
vessels can be caused by motor vehicle accidents, blunt trauma or
penetrating injuries. For,
blunt, shearing force of striking the steer wheel in a motor vehicle
accident lead to a significant amount of traumatic internal injuries.
Other causes for traumatic internal, abdominal injury includes
falls, striking injuries to the abdomen and penetrating wounds such
as gunshots and stabbings.
functions of the liver, blood storage and filtration, secretion of
bile, breakdown of fats and regulation of blood volumes and clotting
factors can all effected with injury to the liver.
An accident victim with an injury to the liver may experience
pain in the right upper abdominal region or upper abdomen area.
Because the liver receives approximately one fifth of the
blood pumped out of the heart, any bleeding injury to the liver can
cause a significant blood loss from the liver. If this were to
happen, the personís blood pressure might fall, their abdomen may
distend as it is filling with blood.
The persons pulse can become weak and thready. Occasionally,
if the liver injury is very small, the person may be admitted to the
hospital for observation only.
A major liver injury, may
require immediate surgical intervention.
trauma to the abdomen can also result in injury to the
spleen. The functions of the spleen, storing blood, freeing blood
from wastes and organisms and storing hemoglobin, may all be
distributed with an injury to the spleen. Because the spleen stores
and maintains storage of blood, large amounts of blood can spill into
the abdominal cavity after an injury to the spleen. A large volume
of blood may be lost and the situation can become life threatening.
Accident victims with an injury to the spleen may complain of left
upper abdominal pain. Occasionally, this pain will radiate to the
left shoulder. Due to blood loss, a person may also exhibit low blood
pressures, weak pulse and possible bruising to the left upper
to the stomach are frequently caused by penetrating wounds or blunt
force trauma. Frequently, injuries to the stomach occur with additional injuries to
the pancreas or intestines. If there is injury to the stomach, the
enzymes and acids that are secreted to assist with digestion leak
into the abdominal cavity. This leakage of fluid can result in an
infection. Injury to the
stomach also interferes with the digestion of food. People with an
injury to their stomach may complain of pain in the upper, mid
abdominal area. Stomach injuries may also cause the person to have
muscle guarding of the abdominal area, tenderness to touch, fast
pulse and a low blood pressure.
to the pancreas often occur in conjunction with other abdominal
injuries. Injury to the
pancreas can have a high mortality rate that may be associated with a
late diagnosis of the problem. Injuries to the pancreas alter its
ability to perform its main functions of enzyme and insulin
secretion. Accident victims with pancreatic trauma can complain of
pain in the mid abdominal area or back. Abdominal guarding and low blood pressures may be present.
Accident victims may have delayed symptoms of up to 12 hours after
the initial injury, and making diagnosis difficult.
to the colon and bowels are most frequently because of blunt trauma,
such striking the steering wheel in a motor vehicle accident.
However, penetrating trauma also accounts for some injury to the
colon. Injury to the colon disrupts the ability for the colon to
assist with food breakdown, nutrient absorption and waste excretion.
It is also possible for wastes and enzymes to leak from a damaged
colon resulting in an infection of the abdominal area.
Accident victims with injury to the colon may experience pain
in the abdomen, nausea, vomiting, muscle guarding or tenderness,
absence of bowel sounds or shock.
trauma is a major cause for damage to the large blood vessels
includes motor vehicle accidents and falls. The
acceleration/deceleration injury involved causes a shearing action
and results in tears of the large blood vessels. Injury to these
vessels (aorta, femoral and iliac vessels) results in a very large
amount of blood loss. Accident victims with injury to the large
vessels may complain of abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. On
examination, an accident
victims may have an increase in the size of their abdomen as it is
filling with blood, abdominal tenderness, bruising in the abdomen,
and/or falling blood pressure with shock.
Accident victims may require immediate surgical intervention.
Accident victims with internal
injury are at greater risk for bleeding and death. Sometimes these
injuries may go undetected due to their vague symptoms and the fact
that one can not visualize the injuries as they could a cut to the
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accident or suspected internal injury. If you,
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