Splenectomy for Disease

  • Carol E. H. Scott-Conner
  • Jameson L. Chassin


Splenectomy is performed for a variety of hematologic indications, for primary splenic tumors and abscesses, and in cases of trauma. This chapter describes open splenectomy and discusses pitfalls and complications.


Splenic Artery Splenic Vein Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura Laparoscopic Splenectomy Short Gastric Vessel 
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Further Reading

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  6. Katkhouda N. Chapter 26. Laparoscopic splenectomy. In: Nguyen N, Scott-Conner CEH, editors. SAGES volume II. Advanced laparoscopy and endoscopy. New York: Springer; 2012.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol E. H. Scott-Conner
    • 1
  • Jameson L. Chassin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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