Bruised Liver (Contusion)

Bruised Liver

A bruised liver or a liver contusion occurs after a direct impact to the torso, resulting in bleeding within the organ. Car accidents are the most common cause of this injury.

Symptoms of a Bruised Liver

  • Sudden pain on impact.
  • Pain and tenderness in the upper right of the abdomen.
  • Referred pain into the right shoulder.
  • Nausea.
  • In severe injuries when a lot of blood is lost, the patient could develop shock and possibly loose consciousness.
  • Severe injuries could actually be a laceration (tear) of the liver.

Treatment of a Liver Contusion

  • Seek medical attention immediately.
  • Your doctor will examine you and may perform an ultrasound or CT scan to assess the damage.
  • If the injury is just a contusion with no tearing then close observation is recommended for several days.
  • Blood tests will be repeated daily to check for blood loss.
  • The CT scan or ultrasound may also be repeated after a few days to check the liver is healing and there has been no bleeding.
  • Contusions tend to be relatively mild injuries which heal within a week or so.