Accidents can happen to anyone at any time and anywhere. However, physical trauma does not just cause external wounds but could result in injuries to the organs. A 2021 brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported that over 123 million Americans head to the emergency room each year, and many of the top reasons involve internal issues and concerns.
Some symptoms of organ damage may be straightforward, while others can be challenging to detect. An injured person should look out for signs of internal damage to access appropriate treatment and avoid further complications.
1. Nausea and vomiting
Nausea and vomiting can result from damage to various organs, such as the liver, pancreas or kidneys. Liver damage, for instance, might lead to a buildup of toxins in the body, triggering feelings of nausea. Similarly, pancreatic injuries can cause inflammation that doctors call pancreatitis, a common symptom of which includes vomiting.
Acute kidney injuries or kidney failure can also lead to nausea and vomiting due to the accumulation of waste products in the bloodstream. Furthermore, brain injuries, such as concussions, can also cause these symptoms due to disruption of the brain’s normal functions.
2. Fever or chills
Fever or chills after an accident could possibly signal spleen or liver damage. A ruptured spleen may lead to internal bleeding, triggering the body’s immune response and causing a fever. Liver injuries, such as lacerations or contusions, can respond similarly.
Another possibility is damage to the digestive system. Injuries to the intestines, for instance, could lead to a bacterial infection, which may result in fever. Furthermore, a fever or chills could also originate from lung damage, such as a punctured or collapsed lung.
3. Loss of appetite
Loss of appetite could also indicate organ damage, particularly affecting the gastrointestinal system, kidneys or liver. Liver damage can affect metabolism and digestion, leading to a reduced desire to eat.
Similarly, pancreatitis can disrupt digestive processes, resulting in a decreased appetite. Kidney disorders or failure might also lead to a loss of appetite. Also, gastrointestinal injuries or infections can cause discomfort and pain, resulting in a diminished desire to eat.
Organ damage is a serious matter and can cause life-altering consequences. Anyone who suffers an accident and notices any of the symptoms above does well to get medical attention to determine the necessary treatment.