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CT Imaging of the Injured Spleen

  • Eric M. Campion
  • Ernest E. Moore
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Part of the Hot Topics in Acute Care Surgery and Trauma book series (HTACST)

Abstract

The spleen is one of the most frequently injured organs in the abdomen. Given its important role in the immune system, splenic preservation is preferred when possible to prevent complications including overwhelming post-splenectomy infection. CT imaging plays a critical role in the evaluation of the spleen. Based on modern CT imaging and grading systems, splenic injury can be stratified by severity, and management decisions can be made. Angioembolization is frequently employed for injuries with active arterial extravasation and for higher-grade injuries.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Denver Health Medical CenterUniversity of Colorado, Anschutz Medical CampusDenverUSA

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