December 28, 2014
Thems the Breaks
Bones aren’t the only things that fracture…
A lot of attention has been given to Alex Smith the Chiefs’ quarterback because of his lacerated spleen that put him on the injured list this week and took him out of the starting position. The spleen is an organ tucked up in your left abdomen next to your stomach sandwiched between your rib cage. This explains the nauseated symptoms Smith was having.
So what does that spleen do?
The spleen’s main job is to filter out old red blood cells and filter the blood from viruses and bacteria. It’s basically a blood sponge. People technically don’t need their spleen but it is an important organ for those reasons. The spleen is the most commonly injured organ in the body. If the spleen is damaged they usually call it a laceration and it can be a mild laceration like Smith’s that will heal on its own or a full blow fracture that can be life threatening and cause major blood loss. A fractured spleen is usually treated with surgery.