Operations for Splenic Trauma

  • Carol E. H. Scott-Conner
  • Jameson L. Chassin


Nonoperative management is appropriate in many cases of isolated splenic trauma. When surgery is required, several options for management exist. This chapter discusses various surgery alternatives to total splenectomy and stresses technique, pitfalls, and complications.


Splenic Artery Short Gastric Vessel Oxidize Cellulose Partial Splenectomy Chromic Catgut 
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Further Reading

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carol E. H. Scott-Conner
    • 1
  • Jameson L. Chassin
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of MedicineUniversity of IowaIowa CityUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryNew York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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