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Original Articles

IMAJ | volume

Journal 10, October 2006
pages: 694-697

Splenic Embolus: 13 Cases from a Single Medical Department

    Summary

     Background: Despite the spleen having a very rich blood supply, there is a paucity of reports of splenic emboli.

    Objectives: To investigate the incidence of splenic emboli treated in a single general internal medicine department over the last 3 years.

    Methods: We examined the records of a 35 bed internal medicine department in a hospital in the center of Israel.

    Results: Over a period of 3 years 13 patients admitted to one internal medicine department developed acute abdominal pain and areas of hypoperfusion in the spleen on contrast computed tomography imaging. The patients were treated with anticoagulants, their course was benign and there were no long-term sequelae.

    Conclusions: Embolus to the spleen is not rare in an internal medicine department. Diagnosis can be easily made by contrast CT scanning and treatment with anticoagulants results in a good prognosis. 

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