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Fell down and got elbow fracture. Now have bloated stomach. Related?

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my daughter had a fall skating (she is 41 years old) and broke her elbow. Also her stomach is very bloated. How could this be related to the fall?
Posted Sun, 5 May 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Grzegorz Stanko 15 minutes later

Thank you for the query.

If the trauma were strong enough to cause elbow fracture, also abdominal cavity organs like liver, spleen or small intestine could be injured as well. Even if there were not a direct contact between the ground and the abdomen, due to sudden body movement, this organs could get injured as well. It is because spleen, liver and small intestines are movable inside the abdominal cavity. So with the fall, this organs can knock to the abdominal wall.
This does not have to be a serious injury, but it is enough to make intestines stop working for some time. Most likely this is temporarily and will go away in few days. However if she also suffers from abdominal pain, lack of stool and gas, vomiting, weakness, her skin is pale, this can indicate serious injury and some tests should be done. Abdominal ultrasound and blood work should rule most of the injuries out.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
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