Wandering spleen

Common Name(s)

Wandering spleen

Wandering spleen is a rare condition that occurs when the spleen lacks one or more of the ligments that hold the spleen in its normal position in the upper left abdomen. If a person is born with this condition it is referred to as congenital wandering spleen. The condition is not hereditary. Acquired wandering spleen may occur during adulthood due to injuries or other underlying conditions that may weaken the ligaments that hold the spleen. Symptoms of wandering spleen may include englargement of the spleen (splenomegaly), abdominal pain, intestinal obstruction, nausea, vomiting, fever, and a lump in the abdomen or the pelvis. Some individuals with this condition do not have symptoms. Treatment for this condition involes removal of the spleen (splenectomy).
 

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Wandering spleen" returned 43 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Wandering spleen with a ten-time twisted vascular pedicle.
 

Author(s): Marta Peretti, Arianna Mariotto, Gabriella Scirè, Elisa Pani, Silvia Zambaldo, Sanzio Bianchi, Francesco Saverio Camoglio, Luca Giacomello

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Torsion of a wandering spleen is a rare cause of acute abdomen in children, usually diagnosed with color-Doppler ultrasonography and enhanced computed tomography. We report a pediatric case of torsion of wandering spleen.

Last Updated: 23 Dec 2016

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[Torsion of wandering spleen in a teenager: about a case].
 

Author(s): Hamidou Dème, Léra Géraud Akpo, Seynabou Fall, Nfally Badji, Ibrahima Ka, Mohamadou Lamine Guèye, Mouhamed Hamine Touré, El Hadj Niang

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Wandering or migrating spleen is a rare anomaly which is usually described in children. Complications, which include pedicle torsion, are common and can be life-threatening. We report the case of a 17 year-old patient with a long past medical history of epigastric pain suffering from ...

Last Updated: 1 Sep 2016

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Wandering spleen, gastric and pancreatic volvulus and right-sided descending and sigmoid colon.
 

Author(s): Enrique Flores-Ríos, Cristina Méndez-Díaz, Esther Rodríguez-García, Tania Pérez-Ramos

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Wandering spleen is a rare condition, characterized by a mobile spleen that is attached only by an elongated vascular pedicle, allowing it to migrate to any part of the abdomen or pelvis. Mesenteroaxial gastric volvulus usually occurs in children and may be associated with wandering ...

Last Updated: 2 Dec 2015

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The terms "Wandering spleen" returned 3 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Wandering spleen: a medical enigma, its natural history and rationalization.
 

Author(s): Anita Magowska

Journal: World J Surg. 2013 Mar;37(3):545-50.

 

Wandering spleen is a rare condition in which the spleen is not located in the left upper quadrant but is found lower in the abdomen or in the pelvic region because of the laxity of the peritoneal attachments. Many patients with wandering spleen are asymptomatic, hence the condition ...

Last Updated: 7 Feb 2013

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Acute torsion of a wandering spleen.
 

Author(s): Y Lam, Kenny K Y Yuen, L C Chong

Journal: Hong Kong Med J. 2012 Apr;18(2):160-2.

 

The 'wandering spleen' is a rare condition due to extreme laxity or absence of ligaments that fix the organ in its normal anatomical position within the left upper quadrant. Without early surgical intervention, wandering spleen can lead to torsion and subsequent splenic infarction ...

Last Updated: 5 Apr 2012

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Thrombocytopenia in association with a wandering spleen.
 

Author(s): S Moll, J D Igelhart, T L Ortel

Journal: Am. J. Hematol.. 1996 Dec;53(4):259-63.

 

An ectopic, so-called wandering spleen is an uncommon occurrence. We present the case of a young woman who presented with abdominal pain and was found to have an enlarged spleen, located in the lower abdomen and pelvis. The possibility of lymphoma was entertained because of concomitant ...

Last Updated: 13 Jan 1997

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