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Wandering spleen: A common presentation of an uncommon anomaly

Author(s): Ugwu AC | Ogbonna CO | Imo AO

Journal: Online Journal of Health & Allied Sciences
ISSN 0972-5997

Volume: 7;
Issue: 4;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Wandering spleen | ultrasonography | Nigeria

Background: With the advent of real time ultrasonography of the abdomen, the spleen is no longer an inaccessible organ. Wandering spleen is a rare entity with only less than 500 cases reported so far. Method: This case report presents a 16-year- old Nigerian girl admitted in a medical centre but referred for ultrasonography on account of a clinical history of lower abdominal tenderness. Result: Ultrasonography examination revealed that the spleen was not found in its normal anatomical position. However, a well defined acoustic signature of the spleen was seen in the pelvis. Conclusion: Ultrasonography which is far cheaper than magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) is a valuable diagnostic aid in this condition.

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Tangokurs Rapperswil-Jona

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