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African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
ISSN: 1680-6905
EISSN: 1680-6905
Vol. 1, No. 1, 2001, pp. 22-26
Bioline Code: hs01008
Full paper language: English
Document type: Case Report
Document available free of charge

African Health Sciences, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2001, pp. 22-26

 en Splenic Injury Following Trauma: The Role of Ultrasonography
Makoba, Innocent Gerald


The spleen is the most commonly injured abdominal organ and this may follow accidental or non-accidental trauma. Three cases are presented of adult males who presented with pain in the left hypochondrium following trauma. Traumatic injury to the spleen was suspected and ultrasound confirmed this suspicion in the 3 patients. The patients did well after splenectomy. Hence ultrasound evaluation of patents with history of trauma and left hypochondrial pain should be performed urgently in order to detect possible splenic rupture.

splenic injury, splenic rupture, ultrasound

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