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Experience with benign splenic disease.
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PMID:  15571023     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: In the ongoing effort to improve patient treatment, a deeper understanding of the symptomatology, physical signs and management options of rare splenic, non-traumatic, benign diseases is extremely important. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The records of eight consecutive patients with benign splenic conditions, other than injury and abscess, were reviewed retrospectively in order to analyse the clinical presentation, diagnostic methodology and therapeutic procedures applied in these rare conditions. Of the eight patients, three were diagnosed with splenic hydatid cyst, two with pseudocysts, one with splenic epidermoid cyst, one with wandering spleen and one with infraction of an ectopic spleen with situs inversus of other intra-abdominal organs. RESULTS: Upper abdominal pain was the most common presenting symptom and a tender palpable mass in the left upper abdominal quadrant, the predominant clinical finding. Pre-operative CT scanning confirmed the diagnosis in six patients, but failed to reveal the splenic pathology in the remaining two cases. Seven patients underwent splenectomy while saving splenic parenchyma was feasible in only one patient (12,5%). CONCLUSIONS: Splenic, non-traumatic, benign diseases have vague clinical presentation and may create diagnostic difficulties. Although spleen saving intervention can be applied in selected cases, splenectomy would be required in most patients.
J Melissas; E de Bree; G Schoretsanitis; D D Tsiftsis
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta chirurgica Belgica     Volume:  104     ISSN:  0001-5458     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Chir. Belg.     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-01     Completed Date:  2005-02-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370571     Medline TA:  Acta Chir Belg     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  559-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgical Oncology, University General Hospital, Heraklion Crete, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Decision Making*
Middle Aged
Retrospective Studies
Splenic Diseases / diagnosis*,  surgery*

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