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Splenic infarction is the death of tissue (necrosis) in the spleen due to a blockage in blood flow.

Common causes of splenic infarction include:

  • Blood clots
  • Blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia
  • Infections such as endocarditis

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    Common causes of splenic infarction include:

    • Blood clots
    • Blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia
    • Infections such as endocarditis

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References

Armitage JO. Approach to the patient with lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 171.

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Review Date: 8/11/2013  

Reviewed By: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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