• Philip Thorek


To understand the peritoneal attachments of the spleen and their surgical applications, the embryologic changes which take place must be understood. The stomach (before rotation) is attached posteriorly by a dorsal mesogastrium and anteriorly by a ventral mesogastrium (Fig. 459 A). The spleen originates as a localized cellular collection in the left layer of the dorsal mesogastrium. These cellular collections fuse with one another to form a lobulated spleen, the notch or notches of which are the only surface traces of lobulation in the adult organ.


Splenic Artery Splenic Vessel Middle Colic Artery Posterior Abdominal Wall Gastrosplenic Ligament 
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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Thorek
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  1. 1.Thorek Hospital and Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Cook County Graduate School of MedicineUSA
  3. 3.University of Illinois College of MedicineUSA
  4. 4.American College of Chest PhysiciansUSA

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