Retrorenal spleen

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Retrorenal spleen refers to variant position of the spleen, when its inferior portion lies posterior to the upper pole of the left kidney.

This normal variant occurs in ~20% of patients, with the finding more common in patients who lie supine 1.

Recognition of this variant is important to avoid spearing the spleen during interventional procedures such as nephrostomy


Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
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rID: 35111
System: Haematology
Section: Anatomy
Tags: variant, cases
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