Rupture of the capsule of the spleen that is a potential catastrophe and requires immediate medical and surgical attention. Splenic rupture permits large amounts of blood to leak into the abdominal cavity, and it is severely painful and life threatening. Shock, and ultimately death, can result. Patients typically require immediate surgery. Rupture of a normal spleen can be caused by trauma, such as an accident. If an individual’s spleen is enlarged, as is frequent in mononucleosis, most physicians will not allow participation in major contact sports or other activities because injury to the abdomen could be catastrophic.
Right upper quadrant, the upper-right quarter of the abdomen.
- RV (rotavirus)
RV is an abbreviation for rotavirus, a leading cause of severe winter diarrhea in young children. There are currently two rotavirus vaccines available in the U.S. Rotavirus was discovered in 1973 and took its name from its wheel- like appearance (rota means wheel in Latin).
1. Rift Valley fever, the disease and the virus that causes it. 2. Right ventricular failure, failure of the right ventricle of the heart. 3. Residual volume fraction, a measure proportional to the ambulatory venous pressure.
Recreational water illness.
Medical abbreviation for treatment.