ROBERT W. MOWRY, M.D.
To the editor: Drs. Bisno and Freeman (1) described a patient whose spleen at autopsy was atrophic, weighing only 29 g. Sickle-cell disease is an established cause of splenic atrophy (2). Was sickle-cell disease excluded adequately in this patient? Is it not preferable to reserve the term "asplenia" for those instances in which the spleen is congenitally or surgically absent? "Asplenia" seems needlessly arcane compared with the more appropriate, if mundane, terms such as splenic atrophy, fibrosis, or hyposplenism.
ROBERT W. MOWRY. "Asplenia"?. Ann Intern Med. 1970;73:140–141. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-73-1-140_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;73(1):140-141.
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