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Spleen removal - series—Indications

Indications

Overview

Guidelines for splenectomy include:

  • Congenital or acquired hemolytic anemia
  • Idiopathic thrombocytopenia
  • Trauma to the spleen
  • Lymphoma, leukemia, Hodgkin's disease
  • Portal hypertension and hypersplenism
  • Hereditary spherocytosis

Review Date 3/12/2019

Updated by: Debra G. Wechter, MD, FACS, general surgery practice specializing in breast cancer, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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