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of 'Causes of abdominal pain in adults'

Congenital anomalies of the spleen.
Gayer G, Hertz M, Strauss S, Zissin R
Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 2006 Oct;27(5):358-69.
Various congenital anomalies may affect the spleen, starting with common anomalies, such as an accessory spleen, up to rare conditions such as a wandering spleen and polysplenia. Most of these anatomic variants have no clinical significance; they need, however, to be recognized by the radiologist as such. Awareness of these variants is important for the radiologist to interpret the findings correctly and avoid mistaking them for a clinically significant abnormality. In this review we illustrate the spectrum of congenital anomalies of the spleen and stress pitfalls and possible complications resulting from these anomalies.
Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Zrifin, Israel. gayer@post.tau.ac.il