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Radioisotope Spleen Scan in Patients With Splenic Injury

Henry G. Mishalany, MD; John H. Miller, MD; Morton M. Woolley, MD
Arch Surg. 1982;117(9):1147-1150. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1982.01380330015005.
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• The technetium Tc 99m sulfur colloid liver-spleen scan is a valuable aid in diagnosis and treatment of patients with splenic injury. After reviewing the charts of 47 patients who were ill as a result of splenic trauma, we came to the following conclusions: (1) the scan identified the injury, accurately mapped its extent, and indicated the presence or absence of associated liver injuries; (2) the scans were useful in following the extent and rate of healing of the splenic injury; (3) the scan is an indirect measurement of return of splenic function; (4) the procedure can be performed in a reasonable time frame with no serious morbidity; and (5) the indications, contraindications, and timing of scans are now reasonably well established.

(Arch Surg 1982;117:1147-1150)


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