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Br J Clin Pract. 1992 Winter;46(4):274-5.

Splenic abscess: is conservation applicable?

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Department of Surgery, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.


A rare occurrence of salmonella abscess in a congenital cyst of the spleen is presented. Although splenectomy was curative, the role of splenic salvage is discussed. Percutaneous drainage is curative in about 70% of cases and may be the treatment of choice in solitary thick-walled abscesses. It should be remembered, however, that residual or regenerated splenic tissue is no absolute guarantee against sepsis. The treatment of splenic abscess should be individualised.

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