What is the role of spleen guards in the treatment of autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS)?

Updated: Jul 29, 2019
  • Author: Akaluck Thatayatikom, MD, RhMSUS; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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To help reduce the risk of traumatic splenic rupture, spleen guards made of fiberglass by an occupational therapist familiar with making such devices for children should be considered in ALPS patients who have massive splenomegaly. This is particularly important for those who are physically active (ie, nearly every toddler) and for children involved in competitive sports.


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