Indications for splenectomy

Am Surg. 2006 Jul;72(7):565-80.


In the new millennium, indications for splenectomy have expanded. Proper patient selection based on an understanding of the biology of each individual's disease is essential for a favorable outcome. We review the most common diseases for which surgeons may be called on to perform splenectomy and while highlighting potential pitfalls and caveats.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disease
  • Humans
  • Neoplasms / surgery
  • Patient Selection*
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Spleen / physiology
  • Splenectomy* / classification
  • Splenectomy* / methods
  • Splenic Diseases / surgery
  • Treatment Outcome