Splenic Abscess: A Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenge

E. De Bree, D. Tsiftsis, M. Christodoulakis, G. Harocopos, G. Schoretsanitis, J. Melissas

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The records of five patients treated in our department for splenic abscess are analysed and the literature is reviewed. Computed tomography revealed the correct diagnosis in all patients, while clinical presentation was often nonspecific. Spleen-preserving management was possible in two patients (40%). Outcome was uneventful for four patients. One patient with a splenic abscess caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, died 4 months after splenectomy from sepsis. We discuss the clinical presentation of splenic abscess, its diagnostic approach, and treatment. Additionally, we studied whether spleen-preserving management is feasible or not.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-202
Number of pages4
JournalActa Chirurgica Belgica
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1998


  • Spleen-preserving management
  • Splenectomy
  • Splenic abscess


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