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Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Splenic Infarction (Overview)

An infarct is simply tissue that is devoid of blood circulation, usually leading to death of the cells downstream to the blockage. The spleen is part of the immune system in the left upper quadrant. A splenic infarct is when a part or all of the spleen's circulation is interrupted causing part of the spleen to shrink or die. It is often associated with pain in the area and sometimes fever.


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What causes a splenic infarction?

What causes a splenic infarction?

No Blood to Spleen: A splenic infarction occurs when there is not enough blood going to the spleen to give it nutrients & oxygen its cells need to survive. Anything that cuts off blood supply to the spleen can cause an infarct. Ex. Trauma causing blood vessels to be destroyed, sickle cell anemia & other problems that lead to clogged arteries going to the spleen, autoimmune disease, blood cell disease, emboli, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Linda Callaghan
9 doctors shared insights

Splenic Infarction (Overview)

An infarct is simply tissue that is devoid of blood circulation, usually leading to death of the cells downstream to the blockage. The spleen is part of the immune system in the left upper quadrant. A splenic infarct is when a part or all of the spleen's circulation is interrupted causing part of the spleen to shrink or die. It is often associated with pain in the area and sometimes fever.


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Does splenic infarction usually cause many symptoms?

Sometimes: A lot of time you feel nothing, but sometimes it can be very painful on the left upper part of the abdomen. You can get fevers and chills too. A ct scan of the abdomen can confirm this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What causes a splenic infarction?

No Blood to Spleen: A splenic infarction occurs when there is not enough blood going to the spleen to give it nutrients & oxygen its cells need to survive. Anything that cuts off blood supply to the spleen can cause an infarct. Ex. Trauma causing blood vessels to be destroyed, sickle cell anemia & other problems that lead to clogged arteries going to the spleen, autoimmune disease, blood cell disease, emboli, etc. ...Read more

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Can you die from a splenic infarction?

Can you die from a splenic infarction?

Yes, but unlikely: A very large splenic infarction can be fatal, but this is unusual. The underlying cause of the infarction needs to be determined, and treatment suggested. Atrial fibrillation or other heart rhythm disturbance is a common cause of splenic infarction. ...Read more

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Does splenic infarction usually cause many symptoms?

Sometimes: A lot of time you feel nothing, but sometimes it can be very painful on the left upper part of the abdomen. You can get fevers and chills too. A ct scan of the abdomen can confirm this diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: splenic infarction?

An infarction: Is the interruption of blood flow, as in myocardial infarction (mi) stopping blood flow to the cardiac muscle. The tissue beyond the blockage will die if the blood supply is not restored. In this case the involved organ would be the spleen. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with splenic infarction. The hospital couldn`t give me much info. What do I need to do and how long does the pain last?Dangerous?

I was just diagnosed with splenic infarction. The hospital couldn`t give me much info. What do I need to do and how long does the pain last?Dangerous?

Doctor: I assume this was diagnosed as a result of CT scan of the abdomen after ER visit. You need prescription medicine for pain relief but you are already on Lortab .You have Factor V Leiden which is a cause of splenic infarction. Be sure a doctor is following you.Good luck. ...Read more

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My husband has a very large splenic infarction caused when they had to embolize his splenic artery. Does his spleen need to be removed?

Not necessarily: Is he having a lot of pain? Is the original issue that required arterial embolization still active? How much of the vascular arcade was embolized? It is in your husband's best interest to keep in touch with the doc who performed the procedure. ...Read more

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Infarction (Definition)

When the blood supply of a tissue is compromised by whatever mechanism, the tissue will stop working and if blood flow is not restored, the tissue will eventually die ("infarct", both verb and noun). The clinical picture that runs with development of an infarct ("heart attack"; ...Read more


Infarct (Definition)

It means an area of tissue death due to lack of oxygen most commonly associated with ...Read more