Wandering spleen: a common presentation of an uncommon anomaly

Ugwu, A.C.; Ogbonna, C.O. and Imo, A.O. (2009) Wandering spleen: a common presentation of an uncommon anomaly. Online Journal of Health And Allied Sciences, 7 (4). ISSN 0972-5997

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Background: With the advent of real time ultrasonography of the abdomen, the spleen is no longer an inaccessible organ. Wandering spleen is a rare entity with only less than 500 cases reported so far. Method: This case report presents a 16-year- old Nigerian girl admitted in a medical centre but referred for ultrasonography on account of a clinical history of lower abdominal tenderness. Result: Ultrasonography examination revealed that the spleen was not found in its normal anatomical position. However, a well defined acoustic signature of the spleen was seen in the pelvis. Conclusion: Ultrasonography which is far cheaper than magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) is a valuable diagnostic aid in this condition

EPrint Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Wandering Spleen, Ultrasonography, Nigeria, Spleen, Liver, Girl, Nigeria, Abdomen
Subjects:Diagnosis > Diagnostic Techniques and Procedures > Diagnostic Imaging > Ultrasonography
-Journal Repositories > Online Journal of Health and Allied Sciences
Body Regions > Abdomen
Persons > Age Groups > Child
Hemic and Lymphatic Diseases > Lymphatic Diseases > Splenic Diseases
Geographic Locations > Africa > Africa South of the Sahara > Africa, Western > Nigeria
Congenital, Hereditary, and Neonatal Diseases and Abnormalities > Abnormalities > Digestive System Abnormalities
ID Code:3238
Deposited By:Dr Srinivas Kakkilaya
Deposited On:16 March 2009

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