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Hematoma on Spleen leads to Death - Confused

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  • Posted By: mowomantx
  • June 4, 2010
  • 04:50 PM

My Mother was 80 years old, other than having Asbestosis and High Blood Pressure; she was in fairly good health. On November 18, 2009, we rushed her to the hospital in debilitating pain in her abdomen and back. Upon arriving at the hospital, her blood pressure was extremely low (75/45), her breathing was very labored and the doctors thought she may be having a heart attack. Her EKG was fine so they did an ultrasound. The ultrasound was very "foggy" (for lack of a better word) and they thought there was a problem with her aorta, so they started blood thinners, an IV and pain medications. At this point, they sent her for a CT scan. When she returned from the CT scan, she was admitted to ICU. When the radiologist read the scan, he discovered she had a hematoma on her spleen with a small tear in it. He immediately called the ICU and told them to stop the blood thinners. This is where everything goes to heck in a hand basket. The doctors gave her a transfusion, but did not fix the tear or remove the spleen. Six weeks later, my Mother was dead. I am very confused and need help to understand what went wrong. Everything I have read on the internet and everything I have been told by anyone in the medical field is that the doctors should have removed the spleen right away. Can anyone shed any light on this for me?

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