What causes abscess in splenic infarct?

Updated: Jul 27, 2020
  • Author: Manish Parikh, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, MSc, DSc, AGAF  more...
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Splenic abscess can result from septic emboli or superinfection of a prior infarct. Traditionally, such abscesses have been managed by means of splenectomy, which can be technically challenging because of the intense surrounding inflammation and because of the scar tissue that surrounds the abscess. Indwelling percutaneous catheter drainage and appropriate antibiotic therapy can be used to treat selected cases of well-formed, unilocular abscesses.


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