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Is Tc-99m Sulfur Colloid Scintigraphy Necessary in Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura Before Splenectomy?

Author(s): Ilçe HT et al.

Journal: Konuralp Tip Dergisi
ISSN 1309-3878

Volume: 3;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 19;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura | Accessory Spleen | SPECT

One of the most common reasons for elective splenectomy on adults ischronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura. It is characterized by thrombocyte destruction in spleen, so, management of splenectomy is the gold standard. However if there is remnant spleen tissue postoperatively it cause to going on thrombocytopenia. The principal reason of remnant spleen tissue is accessory spleen. So it is important to detect this tissue pre or postoperatively. Thirty years old, male patient underwent splenectomy four years ago because of chronic immunethrombocytopenic purpura. When thrombocytopenia recurrence occurredabdominal ultrasonography was performed and there was no abnormal sign. Then, Tc–99 m Sulfur Colloid Spleen Scintigraphy was performed and spleen tissue was detected in left hypochondriac region. Tc-99mSulfur Colloid Spleen Scintigraphy is one of the imaging method for accessory spleen. Especially if it is performed preoperatively the surgeon can be careful during the operation and at the same time detected accessory spleen was removed and recurrence can be prevented.
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