Asplenia

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Aditya Shetty et al.

Asplenia refers to absence of the spleen thereby leading to deficient splenic function.

Seen in 3% of neonates with structural heart disease and in 30% of patients who die from cardiac malposition. The male-to-female ratio is 2:1.

Asplenia can be classified into two  types:

  • anatomical asplenia - absence of splenic tissue (can be congenitial, acquired or iatrogenic)
  • functional asplenia - splenic tissue present however it is non-functioning
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rID: 28740
Section: Anatomy
Tags: shetty, refs
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