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Splenic Avulsion

Separation of spleen from normal location.

Classic Signs: Pain, distention.

Offsite Research:

Splenic avulsion in a pregnant patient with vomiting.
Nguyen N, Deitel M, Lacy E.
Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Ont.
Canadian Journal of Surgery 1995 Oct;38(5):464-5.

Splenic avulsion in pregnancy is a rare condition that carries a high risk of death to both mother and fetus. The authors describe a 30-year-old woman with hyperemesis who had spontaneous avulsion of the spleen at 30 weeks' gestation. She underwent a splenectomy and cesarean section, resulting in a stillborn fetus. The authors theorize that violent vomiting resulted in splenic avulsion.
 

Updated on: Apr. 18, 2013

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