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Management of Splenic Abscess

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The surgical management of splenic abscess is determined by patient factors, anatomy, and pathology. The roles of splenectomy and percutaneous drainage with respect to these factors are presented in a clinical algorithm for patients in whom splenic abscess is evident on imaging.

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Bates, A.T., Svestka, M.G. (2019). Management of Splenic Abscess. In: Docimo Jr., S., Pauli, E. (eds) Clinical Algorithms in General Surgery . Springer, Cham.

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