When is the spleen more susceptible to global infarction?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Manish Parikh, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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An anatomic variant that renders the spleen more susceptible to global infarction is that of the wandering spleen. [11] The spleen is attached by a long vascular pedicle, without the usual fixating ligaments to the diaphragm, colon, left kidney, and lateral abdominal wall. This allows torsion of the freely mobile spleen around its vascular pedicle, occluding the blood supply and leading to infarction.


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