Imaging of Nontraumatic Splenic Emergencies

Maria Zulfiqar, Vincent M. Mellnick

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Acute abnormalities in the spleen are frequently traumatic but also include nontraumatic entities which can be potentially life-threatening if not recognized and managed in a timely manner. In the nontraumatic setting, emergent splenic pathology can be identified diagnosed on cross-sectional imaging obtained for left upper quadrant or otherwise nonspecific abdominal pain, as history and physical examination are often inconclusive. A wide spectrum of nontraumatic splenic pathology can be seen, ranging from vascular conditions to infections and inflammatory processes. Given the potential for high morbidity and mortality associated with most of these entities, radiologists must be familiar with the imaging features to circumvent delayed or missed diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAtlas of Emergency Imaging from Head-to-Toe
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030921118
ISBN (Print)9783030921101
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022


  • Nontraumatic splenic emergencies
  • Splenic abscess
  • Splenic aneurysm
  • Splenic rupture


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