A wandering spleen: A common presentation of an uncommon anomaly

AC Ugwu, CO Ogbonna, AO Imo
2010 South African Family Practice  
With the advent of real time ultrasonography of the abdomen, the spleen is no longer an inaccessible organ. Wandering spleen is a rare entity with less than 500 cases reported in literature so far. Method: This case report presents a 16-year-old Nigerian girl who had been admitted to a medical centre. She was referred for ultrasonography on account of a clinical history of lower abdominal tenderness. Result: The ultrasonography examination revealed that the spleen was not in its normal
more » ... l position. However, a well-defined acoustic signature of the spleen was seen in the pelvis. Conclusion: Ultrasonography, which is not as expensive as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) is a valuable diagnostic aid in this condition. Peer reviewed.
doi:10.1080/20786204.2010.10873930 fatcat:yw766bss5bh4bmyk7nl7dmy4ee