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Splenectomy for haematological disease.
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PMID:  8908953     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The role of splenectomy in haematological disease appears to be changing. This single centre, retrospective study was carried out to document the indications for splenectomy and its outcome over a 7-year period and to compare it with the preceding 7-year period. Sixty-four patients underwent splenectomy in the study period, the main indication being idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. There was one post-operative death and morbidity was seen in 40 (63%) patients. Splenectomy was successful in achieving the desired aim in 51 (80%) patients. Approximately 40% fewer patients underwent splenectomy in the study period compared with the preceding 7 years despite there being an overall increase of 123 (633 vs. 540) patients treated for haematological disease in this period. The reason for this observation was the fall in the number of splenectomies performed for Hodgkin's disease and auto-immune haemolytic anaemia.
J S Jameson; W M Thomas; S Dawson; J K Wood; J M Johnstone
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0035-8835     ISO Abbreviation:  J R Coll Surg Edinb     Publication Date:  1996 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-13     Completed Date:  1996-12-13     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503110     Medline TA:  J R Coll Surg Edinb     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  307-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Leicester Royal Infirmary, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Hematologic Diseases / surgery*
Middle Aged
Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
Retrospective Studies
Splenectomy* / mortality,  statistics & numerical data

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