Splenic Embolization

  • Demetrios G. Spigos
  • Walter S. Tan
  • Martin F. Mozes
  • Kevin Pringle
  • Ioulios Iossifides
  • A. Benedict Cosimi


While transcatheter embolization of the spleen has shown promise in the treatment of a wide spectrum of disorders, the incidence of serious complications with this technique has limited its use as an alternative to operative splenectomy. In our institution 41 patients were treated with a modified technique involving partial splenic embolization, careful antibiotic prophylaxis, and adequate pain control. There was no mortality and only few instances of clinically significant complications: a splenic abscess in one patient, pancreatitis in one patient, severe pleural effusions in two patients, and pneumonia in five patients

Key words

Embolism, therapeutic Catheters and catheterization Arterial blockade Spleen Interventional radiology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Demetrios G. Spigos
    • 1
  • Walter S. Tan
    • 1
  • Martin F. Mozes
    • 2
  • Kevin Pringle
    • 2
  • Ioulios Iossifides
    • 3
  • A. Benedict Cosimi
    • 4
  1. 1.Departments of RadiologyUniversity of Illinois HospitalChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Departments of SurgeryUniversity of Illinois HospitalChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Departments of PathologyUniversity of Illinois HospitalChicagoUSA
  4. 4.Department of SurgeryHarvard Medical School and Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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