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Splenic infarction

 

Splenic infarction is the death of tissue (necrosis) in the spleen due to a blockage in blood flow.

Causes

Common causes of splenic infarction include:

  • Blood clots
  • Blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia
  • Infections such as endocarditis

 

References

Connell NT, Shurin SB, Schiffman FJ. The spleen and its disorders. In: Hoffman R, Benz EJ Jr., Silberstein LE, Heslop HE, Weitz JI, Anastasi J, eds. Hematology: Best Principles and Practice. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2013:chap 162.

 
  • Spleen anatomy

    Spleen anatomy - illustration

    The spleen is an organ that filters the blood, stores blood cells, removes old red blood cells, and produces certain white blood cells.

    Spleen anatomy

    illustration

    • Spleen anatomy

      Spleen anatomy - illustration

      The spleen is an organ that filters the blood, stores blood cells, removes old red blood cells, and produces certain white blood cells.

      Spleen anatomy

      illustration

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            Review Date: 8/9/2015

            Reviewed By: Laura J. Martin, MD, MPH, ABIM Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Atlanta, GA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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