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Hunwick's spleen removed

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  April 18, 2009 06:44 PM

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According to team physician Dr. Peter Asnis, Matt Hunwick's spleen was removed by Dr. David Berger at approximately 1 p.m. this afternoon at Massachusetts General Hospital. Hunwick will not return in this series. Asnis said full recovery usually takes several months, which would most likely rule him out for the rest of the year.

Hunwick was injured during a second-period collision in Game 1. According to Asnis, Hunwick did not complain of any discomfort after the 4-2 win. Hunwick also made it through yesterday's practice at Ristuccia Arena without any symptoms.

But after yesterday's practice, Hunwick told the training staff that he had some pain in his abdomen and shoulder. The team's medical staff was informed, and Hunwick was admitted to Mass. General for examination. A CAT scan revealed that Hunwick's spleen had sustained damage, at which time he was declared unfit to play in Game 2.

"He was seen by the internal medicine team and general surgeons were contacted," Asnis said. "Bloodwork was done. Matt felt well. He had no pain at that time. He was stable based on his exam and on his bloodwork. A 24-hour period had elapsed, and he was sent home with close observation."

Asnis said that Hunwick felt well this morning and had no complaints. Hunwick traveled to Ristuccia Arena for a team meeting. At 10:43 p.m., he felt an increase in pain, and the training staff called an ambulance for transport to Mass. General. Another CAT scan was taken, and the medical team decided to remove his spleen, which had been ruptured. The procedure took place at approximately 1 p.m. and was performed by Dr. David Berger.

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