RICHARD N. FROHNER, M.D.
Does "spontaneous" rupture of the spleen usually occur in a normal organ? Can the spleen be involved in a disease process that might be obscured by the crisis brought about by rupture? The answers given to these questions are not entirely satisfactory. There are several good reasons for these uncertainties:
1. Several systemic diseases that involve the spleen are frequently not accompanied by symptoms which compel the affected individual to consult a physician; if the patient does see a physician the disorder may remain undiagnosed because of a lack of outstanding symptoms. After splenic rupture precipitates a surgical emergency, the
FROHNER RN. TRAUMA AND PREËXISTING DISEASE WITH RUPTURE OF SPLEEN1. Ann Intern Med. ;40:501–505. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-3-501
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1954;40(3):501-505.
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