To the Editor.—
Concerning the question and the reply to determine residual spleen tissue after traumatic splenectomy (1982;247:2037), the presence of Howell-Jolly bodies in peripheral blood erythrocytes strongly supports the absence of spleen.In the absence of Howell-Jolly bodies, there must be some splenic tissue.
Kohn D, Schiller D. Howell-Jolly Bodies and Splenectomy. JAMA. 1983;249(9):1148. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330330030010