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Content updated on 2022-06-02

What is splenic infarction?

Splenic infarction is a condition in which blood flow supply to the spleen is reduced or blocked usually by a clot, resulting in tissue death due to lack of oxygen shortage.

Symptoms related to splenic infarction

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Chest tightness

  • Upper left abdominal pain

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Abdominal pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for splenic infarction

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose splenic infarction

  • Do you feel severe pain when pressing on your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

  • Do you have chest tightness?

  • Do you feel pain in the upper left portion of your abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you feel fatigued?

Treatment for splenic infarction

Initial management involves hydration,pain killers and monitoring. In many cases symptoms in 7-14 days. Splenectomy may be done persistent symptoms or complications.

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References

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