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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: pol'e-sple'ne-a

Definition: A condition in which splenic tissue is divided into nearly equal masses or totally absent; congenital heart disease and malposition and maldevelopment of abdominal organs are common; may be related to situs inversus. Most cases are sporadic, although some suggest autosomal recessive inheritance.

Synonym(s): asplenia with cardiovascular anomalies, Ivemark syndrome, polyasplenia

[poly- + G. splen, spleen]

See Also: bilateral left-sidedness

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