oa South African Family Practice - A wandering spleen : a common presentation of an uncommon anomaly : case study

Volume 52, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



: 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.

: 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.
: The ultrasonography examination revealed that the spleen was not in its normal anatomical position. However, a well-defined acoustic signature of the spleen was seen in the pelvis.
: Ultrasonography, which is not as expensive as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and computed tomography (CT) is a valuable diagnostic aid in this condition.

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