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Splenic Infarction

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is a splenic infarction?

A splenic infarction is a blockage that prevents blood from flowing to your spleen. Your spleen is in your left upper abdomen, just below your ribs. Your spleen is part of your lymph system and helps fight infection. It also helps control the number of blood cells that flow through your body.

Abdominal Organs

What are the signs and symptoms of a splenic infarction?

Signs and symptoms depend on the cause and severity of the infarction. You may have no signs or symptoms if your condition is mild. You may have any of the following with a more severe condition:

What increases my risk for a splenic infarction?

How is a splenic infarction diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Tell him or her if you have a disease or condition that can cause splenic infarction, such as sickle cell disease. Tell him or her if you had a recent abdominal injury. You may also need any of the following:

How is a splenic infarction treated?

Treatment may be needed for a condition causing your splenic infarction. You may need to work with a specialist if you have a condition such as a blood disorder or autoimmune disease. You may be admitted to the hospital to receive monitoring and some types of treatment.

What can I do to manage a splenic infarction?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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