Splenic Disorders

Erik D Skarsgard, MD, MSc, Mary L. Brandt, MD
Splenic Disorders is a topic covered in the Pediatric Surgery NaT.

To view the entire topic, please or purchase a subscription.

APSA Pediatric Surgery Library combines Pediatric Surgery Not a Textbook (NaT) with APSA ExPERT, a powerful platform for earning MOC CME credits -- all powered by Unbound Medicine. Explore these free sample topics:

Pediatric Surgery Library

-- The first section of this topic is shown below --


The spleen is an important structure that has an evolutionary role as an organ of hematopoiesis in the fetus and essential roles in the acquisition of protective humoral immunity and red blood cell maintenance. A working knowledge of splenic anatomy and pathophysiology is necessary for the pediatric surgeon who will be called upon to treat splenic disorders arising from anatomic and immunologic disorders as well as red cell membrane abnormalities and hemoglobinopathies. The importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in the care of children with hematologic disorders requiring splenectomy is critical to mitigating the risk of perioperative complication and in optimizing the care of the asplenic patient.

see also Congenital Hemolytic Anemias, Immune Thrombocytopenia, Splenic Anatomic Disorders, Splenic Cysts, and Splenectomy

Content in these topics is referenced in SCORE Splenic Diseases overviewHematologic Diseases: Spherocytosis, Sickle Cell, ITP, HSP overview

-- To view the remaining sections of this topic, please or purchase a subscription --

Last updated: August 3, 2018