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  • Print publication year: 2012
  • Online publication date: February 2012

Chapter 13 - The spleen: splenic trauma and splenectomy


What proportion of traumatic blunt splenic injuries are successfully treated conservatively?

Around 90%.

What diagonistic modalities are useful in the assessment of the patient following blunt abdominal trauma?

Focused assessment for sonography in trauma (FAST) - This includes examination of the peri-splenic region, Morrison's pouch, subxiphoid pericardial view, suprapubic region and examination of pleura for haemothoraces.

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