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Splenic infarction

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

Causes

Common causes of splenic infarction include:

References

Connell NT, Shurin SB, Schiffman F. The spleen and its disorders. In: Hoffman R, Benz EJ, Silberstein LE, et al, eds. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018:chap 160.

  • Spleen anatomy

    Spleen anatomy - illustration

    The spleen is an organ that filters the blood, stores blood cells, removes old red blood cells, and produces certain white blood cells.

    Spleen anatomy

    illustration

    • Spleen anatomy

      Spleen anatomy - illustration

      The spleen is an organ that filters the blood, stores blood cells, removes old red blood cells, and produces certain white blood cells.

      Spleen anatomy

      illustration

     

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