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Management of Splenic Injury
  1. GE Hancock, Senior House Officer1 and
  2. Mr A L Farquharson, FRCS (Gen. Surg)2
  1. 1Trauma and Orthopaedics, Rotherham General Hospital, Moorgate Road, Rotherham S60 2UD, United Kingdom
  2. 2Fellow, Department of Colorectal Surgery, Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Hospital Road, Concord, NSW 2139, Sydney, Australia. adamfarquharson{at}


Traumatic splenic injury is a potentially life-threatening complication of both blunt and penetrating trauma to the abdomen and thorax. The spleen is susceptible to injury in the presence or absence of damage to surrounding viscera and can lead to haemodynamic instability and hypovolaemic shock. This review examines the classification, investigation and management of this condition with both non-operative and operative techniques.

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