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Content updated on Jan 19, 2024

What is splenic infarction?

Splenic infarction is a condition where blood flow to the spleen is reduced or blocked, typically by a clot, causing tissue death due to oxygen shortage.

Symptoms of splenic infarction

  • Skin or eyes turning yellow

  • Pain when pressing down on the abdomen

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Fever

  • Upper left abdominal pain

  • Right hypochondriac region swelling

  • Chest tightness

  • Lower left abdomen or tummy pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for splenic infarction

  • Are your eyes or skin turning yellow?

  • Does pressing on your stomach cause severe pain?

  • Do your arms or legs feel weak?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have pain in your upper left abdomen?

Treatment for splenic infarction

Initial management includes hydration, painkillers, and monitoring. In many cases, symptoms resolve in 7-14 days. Splenectomy may be done for persistent symptoms or complications.

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References

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    https://www.amjmedsci.org/article/S0002-9629(21)00238-X/fulltext

  • Norman FF, Rojas-Marcos J, Hermida-Donate JM, Monge-Maillo B, Perez-Molina JA, López-Vélez R. Splenic infarction and malaria. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2014 Aug;108(8):455-60. doi: 10.1093/trstmh/tru095. Epub 2014 Jun 18. PMID: 24942899.

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  • Schattner A, Dubin I, Glick Y. Cytomegalovirus-Associated Splenic Infarction. Am J Med. 2020 Mar;133(3):e104-e105. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2019.09.011. Epub 2019 Oct 14. PMID: 31622579.

    https://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(19)30852-6/fulltext

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Reviewed By:

Carlos Cuenca, MD

Carlos Cuenca, MD (General surgery)

Dr. Cuenca graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is currently a categorical surgical resident at UC Davis Health.

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Aiko Yoshioka, MD (Gastroenterology)

Dr. Yoshioka graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine. He worked as a gastroenterologist at Saiseikai Niigata Hospital and Niigata University Medical & Dental Hospital before serving as the Deputy Chief of Gastroenterology at Tsubame Rosai Hospital and Nagaoka Red Cross Hospital. Dr. Yoshioka joined Saitama Saiseikai Kawaguchi General Hospital as Chief of Gastroenterology in April 2018.

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