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Splenic infarction

Definition

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:

Images

Spleen anatomy

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.

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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