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Splenic infarction

Definition

Splenic infarction is death of tissue ( necrosis) in the spleen due to a blockage in blood flow.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Common causes of splenic infarction include blood clots, infections such as endocarditis, and blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia.


Review Date: 8/10/2009
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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