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J Korean Soc Radiol. 2010 Dec;63(6):531-536. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.3348/jksr.2010.63.6.531
Park HJ , Lee YH , Jung KJ .
Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, Korea. yhlee@cu.ac.kr
Abstract

PURPOSE: We wanted to evaluate the serial changes of the splenic volume in patients with traumatic intraperitoneal hemorrhage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 20 consecutive patients with traumatic intraperitoneal hemorrhage and who underwent initial CT, early follow-up CT within 30 days and late follow-up CT examinations thereafter were included in this study. The volume of the spleen on each CT examination was measured and the relative splenic volume (RSV) on the initial and early follow-CT examinations was calculated on the basis of the splenic volume on the late follow-up CT. The hemoperitoneum score was calculated on the basis of the size of the intraperitoneal hemorrhage. RESULTS: The average RSVs of the initial and early follow-up CT were 62.0% and 133.3%, respectively, and all the patients showed an increase of the splenic and relative splenic volumes on the early follow-up CT, as compared with those on the initial CT. Initial splenic contraction was seen in 18 patients (90.0%) and early splenomegaly was seen in 14 patients (70.0%). Patients with initial splenic contraction and early splenomegaly were the most common (12 patient, 60.0%). CONCLUSION: Initial physiologic splenic contraction was seen in most of the patients with hemoperitoneum, and thereafter early splenomegaly was commonly seen before normalization of the splenic volume.

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