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Wandering spleen

Other Names for this Disease
  • Displaced spleen
  • Drifting spleen
  • Floating spleen
  • Splenic ptosis
  • Splenoptosis
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How might wandering spleen be treated?

Because wandering spleen can cause life-threatening complications (such as splenic infarction, portal hypertension, and hemorrhage), surgery to remove the spleen is the preferred treatment method for patients. Laparoscopic splenectomy is the typical method used for spleen removal. Splenopexy (surgically fixing the floating spleen) is associated with a high risk of recurrence and complications and is not the preferred treatment choice.[1]

Last updated: 4/25/2012

  1. Yücel E, Kurt Y, Ozdemir Y, Gun I, Yildiz M. Laparoscopic splenectomy for the treatment of wandering spleen in a pregnant woman: a case report. Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech.. 2012; 2:102-4. Accessed 4/25/2012.