Acta Scientific Gastrointestinal Disorders (ASGIS)(ISSN: 2582-1091)

Case Report Volume 4 Issue 1

A Child with Acute Abdomen Due to Torsion of a Wandering Spleen

Antonietta Giannattasio1*, Marco Maglione1, Francesca Di Candia1, Domenico Massa1, Enzo Coppola1, Marianna De Marco2, Anna Marcella Giugliano3, Vincenzo Tipo1

1Pediatric Emergency Unit, Santobono-Pausilipon Children’s Hospital, Naples, Italy
2Emergency Surgery Unit, Santobono-Pausilipon Children’s Hospital, Naples, Italy
3Operative Unit of General Radiology, Santobono-Pausilipon Children’s Hospital, Naples, Italy

*Corresponding Author: Antonietta Giannattasio, Pediatric Emergency Unit, Santobono-Pausilipon Children’s Hospital, Naples, Italy.

Received: June 30, 2020; Published: December 30, 2020



Wandering spleen is a rare clinical entity characterized by splenic hypermotility resulting from laxity or maldevelopment of the suspensory splenic ligaments. The spleen can “wander” or migrate into various positions within the abdomen. Clinical presentation of a wandering spleen is variable, ranging from an asymptomatic, incidentally detected, abdominal or pelvic mass to an acute abdomen secondary to splenic torsion. Diagnosis in an emergency setting can be challenging as it is a rare cause of acute abdomen and does not determine any symptoms until splenic torsion has occurred. We present a case of pediatric ectopic, torsed spleen presenting as acute abdomen, effectively managed by splenectomy.

Keywords: Wandering Spleen; Torsion; Children



Citation: Antonietta Giannattasio., et al. “A Child with Acute Abdomen Due to Torsion of a Wandering Spleen”. Acta Scientific Gastrointestinal Disorders 4.1 (2021): 19-21.


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